Trump offers North Dakota sympathy but no new drought aid

Several times during his speech, Trump invoked former President Ronald Reagan, a fellow Republican, while talking about taxes. John Hoeven will be traveling with the president Wednesday.

But they know he can't deliver tax reform on his own. "We have one demand: Not one penny in tax cuts go to millionaires, billionaires, and wealthy corporations. We need to get the economy growing again and that's what the president focused on".

In the meantime, the White House will continue its messaging campaign to ramp up public support for a tax reform push - something Trump wasn't as active in doing during the failed attempt to repeal and replace President Barack Obama's health care law.

"Trump offered only broad outlines of what the tax code would look like if his tax reform gambit succeeds, as GOP congressional leaders and the White House have yet to reach an agreement on the details of the tax plan".

"If Democrats don't want to bring back your jobs, raise your pay and help America win - voters should deliver a clear message: Do your job to deliver for America, or find a new job", he said. Claire McCaskill stayed away.

He's trying to con the American people into supporting this special-interest agenda by claiming that "lower taxes on American business means higher wages for American workers".

The president railed against the current tax code, calling it a "waste of time" and "waste of money".

Heitkamp is expected to face a tough challenge in next year's midterm elections. State Sen. Kelly Armstrong, chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, said the event is an "invite-only" policy speech, and a senior White House official said about 700 people will attend. "Tax reform that follows these principles will create millions of new jobs and ensure that more products are stamped with the very handsome letters and words, 'Made in the U.S.A'".

Trump was visiting friendly territory: He won North Dakota by 36 points previous year and has championed policies that benefit its energy sector.

Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Republican Sen. He also expressed his support for the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying it was the "right thing to do".

  • Joey Payne