ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – President Donald Trump was met with a standing crowd at the St. Charles Convention Center Wednesday afternoon, as he visited the state to tout his tax reform plan.
The president called America’s tax code a “dysfunctional mess,” adding that this reform plan is not so good for him.
Trump told the crows that the first $12,000 earned by an individual would be tax-free under the proposed tax plan. For a married couple, the first $24,000 would be tax-free.
The wealthy are angry with him over the tax proposal, he said, adding that he doesn’t care.
“All they’re good at is obstructing,” Trump said of Democrats, who want to “flood the country with illegal immigrants” and raise taxes.
The president also promised to campaign for Attorney General of Missouri Josh Hawley, who is hoping to unseat Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill in the upcoming U.S. Senate race.
Trump recognized Hawley from the stage as he returned to Missouri to try to push the tax plan across the finish line.
“He’s going to be a great senator,” Trump said, adding that Hawley “wants to see a major tax cut” while McCaskill “wants your taxes to go up.”
“I said, ‘Josh when you’re ready, you have my word, I’m going to come here and campaign with you,”’ Trump said.
McCaskill today released the following statement:
“What I said to President Trump when we sat down together is still true today—I’m eager to support real, bipartisan tax reform. I’d jump at the chance to support a plan to deliver relief to Missouri’s working families, simplify the tax code, close loopholes exploited by the rich, and lower the corporate tax rate. Unfortunately, this tax plan doesn’t live up the commitment I got from President Trump, when he told me he wouldn’t support tax reform that benefited the very rich at the expense of the little guy. The Republican-drafted tax plan would further complicate the tax code, keep open those loopholes, deepen the national debt, and give the vast majority of benefits to millionaires and billionaires, while working families get hurt. But if Republican leaders decide to start fresh, with a real bipartisan approach, I’m ready to get to work and I believe we could get it done.”
The visit marks Trump’s second to the state to sell his plan. During his trip to Springfield in August, Trump pledged the plan would “bring back Main Street.”
The trip comes a day after the Senate Finance Committee advanced a sweeping tax package to the full Senate, handing Republican leaders a victory as they try to pass the nation’s first tax overhaul in 31 years. But the bill still faces hurdles in the Senate, where Republicans have just two votes to spare in their 52-48 edge over Democrats.