President Trump talks tax reform, politics at West Virginia roundtable

President Trump talks tax reform, politics at West Virginia roundtable

President Trump talks tax reform, politics at West Virginia roundtable

Inside Elections with Nathan Gonzales puts the West Virginia Senate race squarely in the Toss-Up column.

They're among six Republicans competing in the May 8 for the party's Senate nomination.

While the visit Thursday focused on the tax plan, many supporters shared other policies, both at home and overseas, that they believe are helping the mountain state.

Yet Manchin, with whom the president appears to have a personal rapport, did not draw harsh scorn from Trump.

The event gave prominent screen time to two of the Republicans vying to unseat Manchin, but left out another top contender for the GOP nod - the controversial coal mining executive Don Blankenship, who was released from prison just a year ago. Nor did he label Manchin with the kind of derisive nickname he has bestowed upon others, such as 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, GOP Sens.

Explaining how happy the other employees were to receive bonuses - which the bank said were because of the tax cuts - Jones told Trump that she plans to use her bonus pay to take a trip to visit family back in Indonesia with her young son.

Trump pointed out that the state's voters will soon "get a chance to get a senator" who will support his agenda.

The tax-themed event in White Sulphur Springs was not about Manchin.

Along with some of the state's premier politicians, Trump was also joined at the table by representatives of three West Virginia companies and three West Virginia families who received a windfall from the tax cut, according to a press handout from the White House.

He told the people in the audience that he had started the wall on the Southern border, and would have the military helping secure the border. He threw them over his shoulder.

"That would have been a little boring", he added.

From there the scene was much like a March 14 event in Hazelwood, Missouri.

In what was his second visit to the Mountain State in less than four months, the President took part in a roundtable event focused on tax reform at the White Sulphur Springs Civic Center. Like that day in the Show Me State, an audience member cried while thanking the president for slashing her family's taxes. "You'll always be welcome in West Virginia".

He'll be running for re-election later this year in West Virginia, which the president carried by 42 points in 2016.

"I used the word 'rape.' And yesterday it came out where, this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before", he said. "What you have done for our country, you have helped turned things around in a big way".

Jenkins said Trump was keeping his promises to West Virginians. "I thank you for listening to us, thank you for fighting for us, thank you for caring enough to allow us the opportunity to come here and tell you thank you to your face".

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