Trump talks tax bill, Omar in interview with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS

April 15, 2019 11:27 PM

While visiting Minnesota Monday, President Donald Trump promoted the impact of tax cuts passed in 2017 and began a new round of criticism of Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar during an interview with KSTP Chief Political Reporter Tom Hauser. 

During the interview after leading a discussion with business leaders at a trucking company in Burnsville, Trump refuted critics who said the tax cuts have only benefited the wealthy. However, he admits Republicans haven't done a great job explaining the benefits of the tax bill for most Americans.


"I think we did a great job in getting it approved but we maybe, a lot of the Republicans, including myself, haven't explained to people how much they're getting," Trump said. "Now they know it. A lot of stories are coming out with how incredible it's been for people, so they're learning. It's had a tremendous impact."

RELATED: Trump leads roundtable discussion in Burnsville

The president also said he will not apologize to Omar after he posted a tweet that featured her giving a speech, in which he says she appeared to minimize the terrorism on Sept. 11, 2001. Even though she says it's resulted in death threats to her, he says he has no second thoughts about the tweet.

"Look, she's been very disrespectful to this country. She's been very disrespectful, frankly, to Israel. She is somebody that doesn't really understand life. Real life," he said. 

In a statement released Sunday night, Omar accused the president of inciting violence against her.

“Violent crimes and other acts of hate by right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise in this country and around the world," Omar wrote. "We can no longer ignore that they are being encouraged by the occupant of the highest office in the land."

The president didn't back down and went on to question her patriotism.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "She's got a way about her that's very, very bad, I think, for our country. I think she's extremely unpatriotic and extremely disrespectful to our country."

On other topics, the president again said he will not release his personal tax returns after being challenged by Minnesota Senator and presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar to do so after she released her tax information.

"Well, I don't think she's a factor" in the presidential race, Trump said. "Certainly nationwide I don't even see her showing up in the charts. She seems like a very nice person. I don't know her."

Looking ahead to later this week, Trump also told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he is not concerned about the release of major portions of the Mueller report, which he called "phony."

"I heard it's going to come out on Thursday," he said. "That's good. And there can't be anything there because there was no crime. There was no anything. The crime was committed by the other side. This crime was all made up. It was all a fabrication."

The president was only in Minnesota for about three hours, mostly spent at a roundtable discussion at Nuss Truck and Equipment in Burnsville.


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