The Trump administration is holding out hope that congressional Democrats recognize that Americans deserve fundamental tax reform, and that it should be a bipartisan issue, Kellyanne Conway, senior counselor to President Donald Trump, said Wednesday.
“We want to repatriate that money from overseas,” Conway told Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” program.
“Jobs shifted overseas because American companies are punished under our current tax bill.”
The administration hopes tax reform measures will have bipartisan agreement, as it should be a nonpartisan issue, said Conway.
“Americans are working so hard and paying too much of the tax burden,” she told Fox News.
“We want middle-class Americans to benefit from this president’s tax reform package, to the childcare tax credit, and making it easier to spur economic growth up to the levels that this nation had until 2007.”
Meanwhile, Trump is working closely with party leaders, such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, said Conway, but he also is committed to working with people who will help to promote his agenda.
“It’s tax reform and healthcare for the 29 million Americans who don’t have it, who were lied to about keeping your plan and doctor,” said Conway. “His agenda is about infrastructure … we hope Democrats join the Republican president in making good on promising a safer, better, smarter, more efficient and less expensive and more hassle-free infrastructure system.”
Trump, she continued, came to Washington as a disruptor, but “he was a successful businessman for decades and brings those skillsets to bear on this job. He is an expert negotiator and listener, and wants anybody who wants people to come to the table.”
Conway also commented on whether Trump would sign off on a measure for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals reform if it does not include funding or a link to funding for a border wall.
“The president has said clearly he expects that wall to be built and wants Congress to fund it,” said Conway. “What our head of legislative affairs was saying in a different meeting yesterday, the mechanism is what is open to debate. The president has never backed down and won’t now on getting that wall built. We’re a sovereign nation that needs borders. We spend billions of dollars helping other nations protect their borders. It is high time a sovereign nation like ours as physical borders to protect.”
Trump also has made it clear that Congress has six more months to act on DACA, and Congress wants to act, the president will review what they are doing, said Conway.
“Everybody knows exactly where President Trump stands on each of these issues and it hasn’t changed,” she concluded.