Trump takes victory lap on taxes with rural Americans

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Andrew Harnik/ AP President Donald Trump pumps his fist after speaking at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Yearly Convention at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn.

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018|3:20 p.m.

NASHVILLE, Tenn.– Connecting with rural Americans, President Donald Trump on Monday hailed his tax overhaul as a victory for household farmers and pitched his vision to broaden access to broadband internet, a cornerstone of economic advancement in the country’s heartland.

“Those towers are going to increase and you’re going to have terrific, terrific broadband,” Trump informed the yearly convention of the American Farm Bureau Federation.

“Farm country is God’s country,” he stated.

Trump ended up being the very first president in a quarter-century to attend to the federation’s convention, using the trip to Nashville as a background for a White House report that consisted of propositions to promote a section of the national economy that has lagged behind others. His Southern swing also consisted of a drop in Atlanta for the nationwide college football national championship.

Joined by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senate Farming Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and a group of Tennessee legislators, Trump stated most of the advantages of the tax legislation are “going to working families, small companies, and who– the household farmer.”

The $1.5 trillion bundle that Trump signed into law last month offers generous tax cuts for corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and more modest reductions for middle- and low-income individuals and households.

The president warned versus voting for Democrats in this November’s midterm elections, stating they would undo the tax costs. “If the Democrats ever had the possibility, the first thing they would do is get rid of it and raise up your taxes,” Trump stated.

Trump likewise highlighted the doubling of the limit for the estate tax– making a standing ovation from the audience– and the capability for companies to right away cross out the full expense of new equipment. He stated that “in every choice we make, we are honoring America’s proud farming legacy.”

Central to the report is the assessment that the “supplier for an equalization amongst rural America is connectivity; that high-speed web needs to stay a high concern for the administration,” said Ray Starling, the unique assistant to the president for farming, trade and food help. The report calls for expediting federal allowing to permit broadband web growth in rural areas and for making it simpler for suppliers to put cell towers on federal lands.

Trump signed an executive order following his speech on rural broadband, targeted at easing the process to put private broadband facilities on federal home. The White Home explained the move, along with a memorandum directing the Interior Department to deal with a plan to increase access to their centers for broadband implementation, as “incremental,” but the start of an effort to make development on the concern.

White House officials stated all work was in the early phases and did not provide an overall timeline. Authorities kept in mind the price for rural broadband growth has been estimated at $80 billion, but stated the administration had actually not figured out an expense.

The president also took credit for working to roll back the Obama administration’s interpretation of the Tidy Water Act, which had actually considerably broadened the list of bodies of water topic to federal regulation. The Farm Bureau ran a public relations project against the rule and called it “dangerous and unlawful.”

The Agriculture and Rural Success Job Force report highlights the significance of addressing the opioid crisis, which has disproportionately impacted rural neighborhoods.

Trump likewise called on Congress to restore the farm bill this year, including he supports providing for federal crop insurance coverage. The massive federal legislation funds federal farming and food policy, and it provides assistance to rural communities.

From Nashville, Trump was traveling to Atlanta to watch Alabama’s Crimson Tide and Georgia’s Bulldogs face off Monday night in the College Football Playoff National Championship. The video game is set for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the brand-new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.

Before departing for the game, Trump referenced his continuous defense of the American flag and the nationwide anthem, saying there was enough area for to people to reveal their views. “We like our flag and we like our anthem and we wish to keep it that way,” he said.

ESPN, which is televising the game, said Sunday that it appeared unlikely Trump would be spoken with during the video game. Stephanie Druley, ESPN senior vice president for occasions and studio programs, said the network had actually touched with the White Home and she did not “get the sense” that an interview would be arranged.

Trump slammed ESPN in October in reaction to “SportsCenter” host Jemelle Hill tweeting that the president was a “white supremacist.”

A network typically seeks an interview with the president when he participates in a video game it’s televising.

AP writers Catherine Lucey and Ken Thomas in Washington and AP College Football Author Ralph D. Russo in Atlanta contributed to this report.

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