Trump pitches tax cuts in Missouri
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — President Donald Trump launched his fall push to overhaul the nation’s tax system by pledging Wednesday that the details- to- come plan would “bring back Main Street” by reducing the crushing tax burden on middle- class Americans, making a populist appeal for a proposal expected to heavily benefit corporate America.
Trump said his vision for rewriting the tax system, a key campaign pledge, would unlock stronger economic growth and benefit companies and workers alike. He promised it would be “progrowth, pro- jobs, pro- worker and pro- American.”
True to form for the president, Trump dangled the prospect of the “biggest ever” tax cut and warned that without it, “jobs in our country cannot take off the way they should. And it could be much worse than that.”
Trump, who rarely travels to promote his policy agenda, chose to debut his tax overhaul pitch before employees at a manufacturing plant in Springfield, Missouri, a community known as the birthplace of Route 66, one of the nation’s original highways, and one known as America’s Main Street.
“This is where America’s Main Street will begin its big, beautiful comeback,” the president declared.
The president used the official White House event to inject an overtly political message aimed at Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire Mc- Caskill, a top Republican target in next year’s elections.
“We must lower our taxes, and your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have got to vote her out of office,” Trump said, drawing out each of the last five words for emphasis.
Even before Trump took the stage, Democrats laid down their own markers for what the tax plan should look like .
enate Minority S Leader Chuck Schumer outlined a series of conditions, telling reporters the tax cuts should not go to the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans. He added that the plan should not increase the budget deficit and should be written by both parties.
President Donald Trump urges overhaul of the country’s tax system on Wednesday in Springfield, Missouri.