Critics who say President Donald Trump's tax plan favors the wealthy should listen closely to his speech in Pennsylvania later tonight, senior counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.
"He will lay out, as an example, how his middle class tax cut will help the trucking industry," Conway told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "They're harmed by the death tax and harmed by the top rates. For the first time in 80 years, the president's tax plan would have the pass-through rate which a lot of trucking companies and owners pay at 25 percent of their economic growth."
The plan also does away with the marriage penalty tax and doubles the personal exemption from $6,000 to $12,000 said Conway, and for married couples from $12,000 to $24,000.
Conway said she sees the measure being more about tax cuts and less about reform, which she called a "swampy semantic word."
"It means little to some folks because they've heard it before," she said. "We need a simpler, fairer system that doesn't benefit the wealthy as it does now. They can hire the accountants and attorneys to navigate the code."
Conway also said Trump's executive order on healthcare is coming soon, but she wouldn't get ahead of him on the announcement.
"The genesis here is the very popular feature of being able to purchase your health insurance across state lines," she said. "We know this is a very important feature to Americans. The first House bill had it in phase three."
The move will cut premium costs while giving people more choices in the heathcare marketplace, Conway said, and that makes sense to many Americans.
"The probability is that you as a consumer able to have more choices in the marketplace which is what we were promised," said Conway. "That's one of the many failings of Obamacare and why 29 million Americans by some estimates don't have health insurance now. It is why premiums have doubled everywhere on average in place like Alaska up by more than 200 percent."
Conway also commented on reports concerning Trump's relationship with his Cabinet, particularly Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
"They met yesterday for lunch and they are in touch very closely as you can imagine as any president and secretary of state are," she said. "The president made very clear the way he feels about his Cabinet. This is a handpicked Cabinet. But the president is also the ultimate decision maker here."
But when show host Bill Hemmer asked Conway if Tillerson likes his job, she replied "you'll have to ask him that."
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