Apr 12, 2017

Trump won't touch tax reform until healthcare passes

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Healthcare before tax reform: President Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that he won't start working on tax reform until the administration passes a new healthcare bill. "It's been very much misreported that we failed with healthcare. We haven't failed, we're negotiating," said Trump. (He's been saying "health care first" for weeks, but this shows he's not budging from that line, even as the House GOP bill remains completely stalled.)

Deadline for a new tax bill: Trump said he won't set a deadline on tax reform, since the media attacked him when the GOP missed the healthcare deadline, but "it's coming soon." He also noted that tax reform will "be tough" to pass, "but it won't be as tough as healthcare."

Border adjustment tax semantics: "I don't like the word 'adjustment'... when I hear border adjustment it means we lose," said Trump. But he is open to a border tax, "let's call it an import tax, a reciprocal tax... I love the idea of reciprocal, or a mirror tax... when you say reciprocal nobody fights you."

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Why it matters: It's a stark juxtaposition when compared to fellow Republican President Trump's response to current civil unrest. While Trump has called for justice in Floyd's death, he's also condemned protestors and threatened to deploy military personnel if demonstrations continue.

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Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd.

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The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, alongside a civil rights charge into the killing of George Floyd.

The big picture: Complaints of excessive force brought against the city's law enforcement officers "have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents," the New York Times reports.