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Trump to Democrats: the tax plan is bad for me

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) does a phone interview with a news outlet in a sunny corridor at the Capitol on Oct. 17. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

When a dozen Senate Democrats met with two White House officials at the Library of Congress yesterday to discuss tax reform, President Trump called in from South Korea. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) had convinced his party colleagues to hear the pitch from White House economic adviser Gary Cohn and congressional liaison Marc Short, who asked the Dems for advice.

Inside the room: When Trump rang in, Cohn put him on speaker. The president said the tax bill was awful for rich people, and repeated a line he has used about his accountant telling him it's a bad bill for him. The meeting went well enough that the group plans to meet again next week.

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