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Trump's top aides will skip Asia for tax push

Ivanka Trump talks to Steven Mnuchin at a tax event in Missouri in August. Photo: Alex Brandon / AP

As President Trump prepares to travel to Asia later this week, he has ordered many of his top officials to stay back and campaign for tax reform around America:

  • Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, economic adviser Gary Cohn and Ivanka Trump will hold tax-reform events in crucial states and blue House districts held by Republicans and speak with national and regional media.
  • Joining their campaign will be Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon, and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, among others.
  • Ivanka — who held a tax event last week in Pennsylvania and visited Capitol Hill — has canceled meetings she had arranged in China and South Korea as part of the Asia trip.
  • She's still visiting Japan, ahead of her father, to give a speech at the invitation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, but will fly back over the weekend to begin the tax push.
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