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Trump Touts Tax Reform, Cracks Dems in Interview With Howie Carr

Trump Touts Tax Reform, Cracks Dems in Interview With Howie Carr

By    |   Friday, 03 November 2017 12:08 PM

President Donald Trump touted his new tax reform legislation, telling conservative radio host Howie Carr that the "middle class is the biggest beneficiary of all" during an interview at the White House on Thursday.

During a 10-minute interview in the East Room, Trump and the king of New England radio's "The Howie Carr Show" covered a wide array of issues, starting with tax reform.

"We have to do what's right," Trump told Carr, whose show also airs daily on Newsmax TV.

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"You have states that have done a fantastic job. Then you have states that haven't done so well. It's something at some point somebody had to do," Trump told Carr. "The middle class is the biggest beneficiary of all.

"In fact a certain newspaper that's not exactly kind to me (The Washington Post) said that they gave (Democratic Sen. Chuck) Schumer four Pinocchios today because he was trying to say it's for the wealthy. And it's really not for the wealthy, it's for the middle class and it's for jobs," Trump said.

"I was surprised to see it," Trump said.

Trump also addressed the country's immigration perils — chain migration and the lottery program — in the aftermath of the terrorist attack earlier this week in New York City that killed eight and injured about a dozen more.

"That's especially bad when you have a character like this," Trump said of the alleged attacker, Sayfullo Saipov, who came into the country in 2010 via the diversity visa lottery program, started by Democrats.

"Chuck Schumer's taking this one on the chin and he should," Trump told Carr.

"This was something that was bad when it started. It made no sense when it started. Now it's turning out to be a disaster," Trump said. "And this guy came in here and just killed all of these people. And what about the wounded? I'm hearing how gravely wounded people are.

"It's just disgraceful and he came through the lottery system and other people came in with him, his family, it's a disgrace," Trump told Carr.

"We have to end chain migration, we will end chain migration, it's gonna be over. And actually there's a whole big thing in Congress right now, a lot of even Democrats saying it has to end," Trump told Carr.

"And also we have to end the lottery system," Trump told Carr.

"They're not putting their finest people in those lotteries. They're not putting their best, their brightest and their finest. So we end up with guys like this, who is just an animal. What he did is just a horrible thing."

Then Trump and Carr covered off on a greatest hits, as it were, of burrs in the president's saddle.

On NFL protests: "I think what they've been doing with the NFL and the flag and the respect for our country has been disgraceful. And that could have been handled very easily by leadership saying to Kaepernick when he first knelt, 'One more time and you're fined one game. … You do it again and it's two games, and you do it again, it's a season.' That would have ended very easily at the beginning."

On Kaepernick himself: "His skills went down quite a bit. Something happened to him but he doesn't seem to be the same quarterback."

On Russia collusion allegations: "Zero collusion. Democrats say, 'There is no collusion but we will continue to look. There's smoke but there is no collusion.' Republicans say there's no collusion, but it's a disgrace that it can continue to go on. To be honest, it's a disgrace and it's bad for our country."

On fake news: "The biggest collusion is the fake media. Because you look at the way media treats conservative Republicans, in particular, me. And you look at CNN — fake news; look at NBC, it's terrible. It's just dishonest reporting; ABC and CBS too — it's just very dishonest reporting. To me that really is the collusion … it's at a level nobody has seen before."

On Democrats: "They defrauded Bernie Sanders. And I've sort of been saying that without having the facts but they virtually defrauded Bernie Sanders and all of the Sanders people. I think it's a disgrace. And hopefully something is going to come of it."

On the dossier of him: "It's made up. It's fabricated. It's false. Most people have said that, or most of it's false they'll say, but it's a disgrace they can do that."

Carr then asked Trump about whether the FBI used that dossier as the basis to obtain Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants to obtain permission to monitor members of Trump's campaign team, including former adviser Carter Page.

"I think they did. When (former FBI Director James) Comey came up to see me, what he did is he showed me the dossier. The thing he showed me was the dossier. So I think they did use it and I think they shouldn't have been allowed to," Trump told Carr.

"As president, you're not supposed to be allowed to become involved with like Justice (Department) and the FBI," Trump told Carr.

"You're supposed to be hoping everyone's doing their job. You're not supposed to become involved. … But I will tell you, I think if they did use that, that's a serious problem for them, and I think all of that's going to be found out."

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