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Trump leads roundtable discussion in Burnsville

April 15, 2019 11:32 PM

President Donald Trump on Monday touted tax cuts passed in 2017 during a roundtable discussion at Nuss Truck & Equipment in Burnsville.

Trump arrived in Minnesota early Monday afternoon, marking his third time visiting the state since taking office.

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The visit was timed for April 15, the deadline for Americans to file their taxes.

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"Today is tax day," Trump said to boos, according to pool reports.

He then went on to call the 2017 tax cuts the "largest in history." However, Trump's package considerably trails Ronald Reagan's 1981 tax cuts, Barack Obama's 2013 extension of George W. Bush's tax cuts, and others, the Associated Press reported. 

"Over 80 percent of American families are now receiving benefits from the tax cut," Trump said.

Trump was joined at the roundtable by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Minnesota Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer, small business owners from Minnesota, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Florida and others.

The business owners were on hand to talk about how the tax cuts have benefited their companies.

The Minnesota DFL labeled the event a publicity stunt prior to the discussion.

"President Trump is trying to hide the real effect of his tax bill from the American people, just like he's trying to hide his own tax returns," a statement from DFL chair Ken Martin read. "The truth is, Donald Trump is a rich businessman using the presidency and his tax bill to make money for himself and his rich friends.

"It is outrageous that fully half of the tax cuts in Trump's sham of a bill go to the richest 5% of Minnesotans. To make matters worse, Trump is trying to pay for his tax cuts for the rich by gutting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to the tune of over one trillion dollars and slashing funds for our classrooms.

The Associated Press contributed to this story

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