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Trump: Tax Meeting With Senators 'Highly Productive'

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By    |   Wednesday, 13 Sep 2017 08:23 AM

U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting on Tuesday evening with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss tax reform "was highly productive, and will spur constructive discussion moving forward," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.

Trump, who is pushing his overall goals of a simpler tax code with lower rates even as a detailed plan has yet to emerge, is also scheduled to hold another bipartisan meeting later on Wednesday at the White House. 

In addition, the president has plans for an aggressive travel schedule, taking him to as many as 13 states over the next seven weeks, to sell the idea of a tax overhaul as the administration tries to avoid repeating the communications failures of its attempt to repeal Obamacare.

The strategy was revealed by top advisers to about 40 allies during a closed-door meeting last week. It calls for the president to visit states he won where a Democratic senator is up for re-election next year, including Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, Ohio and Pennsylvania, said three people who attended. The people asked not to be identified discussing internal strategy.

In some instances, cabinet members will be deployed behind Trump in a “second wave” after the president’s speeches and town hall meetings to amplify his message.

Trump took to Twitter Wednesday morning pushing lawmakers to "move fast" on a tax overhaul.

Trump tweeted: "The approval process for the biggest Tax Cut & Tax Reform package in the history of our country will soon begin. Move fast Congress!"

He later added that tax cuts and tax reform is "needed more than ever" in the aftermath of Harvey and Irma devastation. 

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U.S. President Donald Trump's meeting on Tuesday evening with a bipartisan group of senators to discuss tax reform "was highly productive, and will spur constructive discussion moving forward," the White House said in a statement on Wednesday.
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