Wed, Oct 18, 2017: In meeting with Senate Finance Committee, Trump pitches tax cuts to reluctant Democrats

President Donald Trump on Wednesday gathered with senators on the chamber’s tax-writing committee — including Democrats — as the GOP crafts a plan it hopes to pass this year.

Before the White House meeting, Trump touted the GOP’s tax-reform framework as a tool to unlock economic growth and boost job creation. The president, who has repeatedly said he wants to accomplish the difficult feat of winning Democratic votes, joked about the minority party’s support to Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee.

“I’m sure we’ll have unanimous support. I have no doubt. Right, Ron?” Trump said before the meeting, flanked by committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

McCaskill was one of six Democrats on the Finance Committee attending the meeting with Trump and their Republican counterparts. All except Wyden — McCaskill, Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida and Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan — face re-election next year in a state Trump won in 2016.

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