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Trump to Pa. Truckers: 'Do We Love Our American Flag?'

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By    |   Wednesday, 11 Oct 2017 07:34 PM

President Donald Trump took his tax-reform plan on the road Wednesday —praising God, the flag and tax cuts — telling truck drivers in Pennsylvania that his blueprint will give households a $4,000 raise every year.

"The American flag. Do we love our American flag?" Trump asked cheering truckers at the Pennsylvania Air National Guard base in Middletown, near Harrisburg.

"I think people forgot how patriotic we are. I think people forgot how much we love our country.

"They have learned over the last week, haven't they?" Trump asked, referring to the controversy over protests of over the flag and the national anthem at NFL games.

"But American flags rules high above the roads," he said. "Our cities and towns will proudly display the flag.

"Our children will be raised in homes filled with love. Communities filled with hope and a nation filled with pride.

"We will build this future together as one people and one nation under God," Trump said.

In touting his tax outline, President Trump said that the changes "would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.

"How about $4,000 additional for the American family to spend? That's very exciting.

"And you are going to spend that money," Trump said. "It's going to be put to work — and jobs are going to be produced.

"We are going to start making our products again. It's going to happen."

President Trump first outlined his tax plan last month in Indianapolis, stressing again Wednesday that it would boost the middle class.

"Our framework ensures the benefits of tax reform go to the middle class, not to the highest earners," he said. "It's a middle-class bill.

"That's what we are thinking of. That's what I want.

"We want lower taxes, bigger paychecks, and more jobs for American truckers and for American workers," Trump later said.

"Nothing gets done in America without the hardworking men and women of the trucking industry," he continued. "When your trucks are moving, America is growing.

"America first means putting American truckers first."

Trump added that parts of his broader agenda benefitted truckers — cutting regulations that drove up energy costs and committing to propose a $1 trillion infrastructure package to "rebuild America's crumbling infrastructure, with a special focus on roadways and highways.

"It is time to take care of our country, to rebuild our communities, and to protect our great American workers," Trump said.

"No one knows America better than America's truckers. We see the enduring strength of the American spirit in those same truckers.

"You're going to make more money," Trump promised. "You're going to do better than ever before and we truly admire you.

"You are our heroes, believe me. You are our heroes."

President Trump also took a swipe at the "fake news" media, praising former CNN conservative commentator Jeffrey Lord, a former Nixon aide who was fired in August after tweeting a Nazi salute at a critic.

"He was on fake news CNN for a long time," Trump told the crowd. "He was one of my few sources of truth.

"Thank you, Jeffrey, for being here," the president said. "It's a great honor."

"Thank you. Good man."

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President Donald Trump took his tax-reform plan on the road Wednesday — praising God, the flag and tax cuts — telling truck drivers in Pennsylvania that his blueprint will give households a $4,000 raise every year.
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