Pres­i­dent vis­its

Trump at­tends busi­ness round­table in Hialeah.

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Staff writer An­thony Man con­trib­uted to this re­port. By Skyler Swisher Staff writer

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump turned his at­ten­tion to taxes at a busi­ness round­table in Hialeah on Mon­day, mark­ing the be­gin­ning of a week­long visit to South Florida.

On Tues­day and Wed­nes­day, he’ll switch his fo­cus to for­eign af­fairs, host­ing Ja­panese leader Shinzo Abe and his wife at his Mar-a-Lago estate and pri­vate club in Palm Beach.

Dur­ing the round­table with busi­ness lead­ers, Trump praised U.S. Sen. Marco Ru­bio, took a shot at his Demo­cratic col­league Sen. Bill Nel­son and praised the mil­i­tary’s re­sponse to an al­leged chem­i­cal weapons at­tack in Syria.

A day be­fore the dead­line to file fed­eral in­come taxes, Trump said his tax cut pack­age will put money into the hands of work­ing fam­i­lies and spur hir­ing.

“This coun­try is start­ing to rock with our busi­nesses com­ing back in,” Trump said. “It's start­ing to re­ally rock.”

Trump thanked Ru­bio and called him “a great friend.” The two traded barbs dur­ing the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial pri­maries in 2016, and Trump fre­quently re­ferred to Ru­bio as “Lit­tle Marco.”

Trump then took aim at Nel­son, say­ing he was hos­tile to­ward the tax cut pack­age. Gov. Rick Scott — a Trump ally — is vy­ing to un­seat Nel­son in the midterm elec­tions.

Trump said “ev­ery sin­gle one” of the more than 100 mis­siles launched early Satur­day morn­ing against Syria hit its tar­get.

Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin and La­bor Sec­re­tary Alex Acosta at­tended the busi­ness sum­mit. Trump praised them while of­fer­ing veiled crit­i­cism of other Cab­i­net ap­pointees by say­ing “not all my choices were good.”

U.S. Rep. Deb­bie Wasser­man Schultz, D-We­ston, pro­vided a counter-view­point Mon­day on Trump’s tax re­form plan.

“To sug­gest that this tax re­form leg­is­la­tion ... was any­thing other than a cor­po­rate and mil­lion­aire and bil­lion­aire give­away is just a bald-faced lie,” she said.

Trump landed about noon at Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Air­port and then flew via Air Force One to Palm Beach In­ter­na­tional Air­port af­ter the round­table.

Flight re­stric­tions as­so­ci­ated with pres­i­den­tial vis­its have been is­sued for Key West for Thurs­day. The White House has not an­nounced whether Trump has an event planned there.

Ear­lier guid­ance sug­gested Trump would re­turn to Wash­ing­ton on Thurs­day, but an up­dated ad­vi­sory in­di­cates he will be in South Florida un­til Sun­day.

This marks Trump’s 17th visit to Mar-a-Lago since tak­ing of­fice.


Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump shakes hands with U.S. Sen. Marco Ru­bio as Sun­shine Gaso­line Dis­trib­u­tor’s Max­imo Al­varez looks on.

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