A day after visiting Texas to meet with officials handling the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts, President Donald Trump is in Springfield, Missouri today to talk about tax reform. The speech is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Loren Cook Company manufacturing plant. A live stream of the event is available below.
An administration official told NBC News that this is a “‘Why we need tax reform,’ not a ‘How we’re gonna do it’ speech.” Another official told reporters that it will be a “very bipartisan speech” that will call for lawmakers to “work to build a tax code that really allows all Americans to have access to the American Dream and work their way up the economic ladder.”
The speech comes four months after National Economic Council Director Gary Cohn and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave reporters a one-page outline of Trump’s tax plan. It included a 15 percent business tax rate and cutting seven tax brackets to three.
However, NBC News reports that officials said there will be very little specifics in Trump’s speech today.
“Don’t expect to see any specific rates like that,” the officials said, in reference to the numbers on the one-page outline. “Those things are important, the specifics of the plan are extraordinarily important, but right now, what the president is doing is casting a vision, and I think that’s just as important — that we’re talking about what kind of America do we want to live in. What kind of an economy do we want to have?”
Stephen Webber, the chair of the Missouri Democratic Party, told KansasCity.com that now isn’t the right time for Trump to visit Missouri because of the flooding in Texas. “There’s a lot of Missourians who are down there as first responders trying to help with the situation,” Webber said.
Austin Stukins, the executive director of the Missouri Republican Party, defended Trump though, telling KansasCity.com that Trump is “reaffirming his commitment to the heartland.”
Trump announced his plan to visit Missouri on Twitter, boasting about how he won the state in the 2016 presidential election just after announcing his trip to Texas. “I will also be going to a wonderful state, Missouri, that I won by a lot in ’16. Dem C.M. is opposed to big tax cuts. Republican will win S,” Trump wrote.
Trump was in Texas for a day, sitting in on briefings with Texas Governor Greg Abbott and other officials in Corpus Christi and Austin.
“After witnessing first hand the horror & devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey,my heart goes out even more so to the great people of Texas,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.