Trump: ‘Big Political Problem’ for Democrats Not to Vote for Tax Overhaul

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President Donald Trump said Monday that Democrats' opposition to the tax reform plan that he signed into law is going to be a "big political problem" for them.

Speaking at the White House, Trump chided Democratic lawmakers for uniformly opposing the tax overhaul, which became law in December.

"They didn't want tax cuts," Trump said. "We didn't get one vote for massive tax cuts that have turned out to be unbelievably popular."

Trump touted the decisions of dozens of companies to invest more in their workers—in the form of bonuses, higher wages, and other benefits—due to the Republican tax plan, before again criticizing Democrats for not supporting the overhaul.

"We didn't get one Democrat, not one," he said. "And I think that's a big political problem for them … They are going around saying they made a mistake."

Trump argued that the tax cuts "spurred" the economy and noted the country's low unemployment numbers.

The president also discussed congressional efforts to address the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides legal protections to Dreamers, immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children. The program is set to expire on March 5 unless Congress comes up with alternative legislation. The Senate is set to begin debating immigration reform on Monday

"We want really tremendous border security, but we have to have Democrat support for DACA," Trump said, adding that he wanted to address immigration reform, including DACA, on its own rather than wrap it up in the large budget deal that he signed last week.

"I can tell you, speaking for the Republican Party, we would love to do DACA. We would love to get it done," Trump said. "We think there is a good chance to get DACA done if the Democrats are serious and they actually want to do it."

Trump said that he wants enhanced border security, an end to the diversity visa lottery program, and an end to chain migration in exchange for finding a solution to the DACA issue.

Conor Beck

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Conor Beck is a Media Analyst for the WFB. He's previously written for The College Fix, Life News, and was a Student Free Press Association Fellow for The Weekly Standard. He graduated from Rice University in 2017.

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