President Trump, pitching his tax plan and other administration efforts to the Heritage Foundation’s annual President’s Club Meeting Tuesday night, claimed his administration has accomplished more in nine months than any administration in history.
“We have taken action to repeal the EPA’s so-called clean power plan,” he told the conservative crowd. “And we have ended, finally, the war on clean, beautiful coal. People going back to work, they’re going back to work. Over the last nine months, we have removed job-killing regulations at a record pace. In fact, in nine months, we have done more, they say, than any president in history, and we’re nine months. And there’s more to come.”
The president didn’t clarify who had claimed his administration has accomplished more in that time frame than any other. Mr. Trump, there in part to pitch tax reform, made another claim Tuesday evening — that his tax plan will be the largest reduction in taxes in the country’s history. The nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Budget estimates it would likely be the fifth-largest in history, at best.
Mr. Trump is having difficulty persuading even some in his own party of the merits of his tax plan, which simplifies tax brackets and lowers taxes on businesses, but will have a debatable impact on the middle class. Mr. Trump has said his plan will save the average middle class family $4,000 through changes to the tax code, but some critics point out that is no guarantee, and some middle-class families may pay higher taxes as a result of the plan. Voters are also skeptical. A recent CBS News Nation Tracker poll found most Americans believe the plan would benefit the wealthy, even as the White House pitches the plan as a boon for the middle class.
“At the heart of our plans is a tax cut for everyday, working Americans,” Mr. Trump said Tuesday, adding his plain aims to make it so families can file taxes on a single sheet of paper.