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Trump Says Americans Can Expect Tax Cut in 2017
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Trump said that Americans can expect tax cuts in 2017 and possibly a new healthcare plan by 2018.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US President Donald Trump said in an interview that Americans can expect tax cuts in 2017 and possibly a new healthcare plan by 2018.

“I think before the end of the year,” Trump told FOX News in an interview that aired on Monday when asked if Americans can expect tax cuts in 2017.

Trump has stated he will revive the ability of the United States to compete in the global marketplace by conducting tax reform that include lower taxes for middle class Americans and businesses. Republican congressional leaders have committed to include tax reform legislation in their agenda for the first 200 days of the new Congress.

Regarding a new healthcare plan, Trump added, “maybe it will take [un]til sometime into next year but we are certainly going to be in the process.”

On January 20, inauguration day, Trump signed an executive order on Obamacare, giving individual US states a choice — keep Obamacare or provide alternate coverage while receiving the same subsidies from the federal government.

Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act, is a signature health reform initiative of former President Barack Obama. It relies on government-run exchanges in which insurance companies sell policies to individuals and families that lack employer-provided health insurance plans.

California Senate Leader Admits: "Half Of My Family" In Country Illegally With "False Social Security Cards"
by Tyler Durden

In testimony provided before the California Senate's Public Safety Committee, Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Leon (D-Los Angeles) decided to admit that "half of his family" is residing in the United States illegally and with the possession of falsified Social Security Cards and green cards. Lest you think we're exaggerating, here is the exact quote:

"…I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB60, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work. They are eligible for massive deportation."

The quote came from a hearing being held on SB54, a California Senate bill that was introduced by De Leon that would make the entire state of California a "Sanctuary State" (we discussed SB54 here: "California Considering Legislation To Become First Ever Sanctuary State"). Fast forward to the 1:27:00 mark for the relevant comments from De Leon:

Of course, in a follow-up interview with Larry Mantle of KPCC, De Leon was pressed but minimized the problems associated with not only illegally crossing the border but also committing multiple other federal crimes related to identity theft...sure, what's the big deal? Per Breitbart:

“Someone simply who received or purchased a [fraudulent] Social Security card down at McArthur Park, or elsewhere in my district would be eligible immediately for mass deportation,” De Léon said.

“He’s trying to deputize police officers — and with the suspicion of someone being a criminal or having a broken taillight, that they themselves, as a local police officer, could call the ICE agents immediately and have that person deported without even legal due process.”

Host Larry Mantle asked him: “… First of all, I just — I want to make sure I understand correctly: You don’t think purchasing a phony Social Security card and number should be a deportable offense?”

De Léon replied: “I don’t think so … the vast majority of immigrants — hard working immigrants — have done that. I can tell you I have family members specifically who came here as undocumented immigrants, and they did the same thing. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.”

Mantle objected: “But of course the problem is, — and I know people too — who’ve had their Social Security numbers and identities stolen as a result of that….”
Meanwhile, Trump blasted California's "Sanctuary State" bill last night during an interview with O'Reilly saying that he doesn't "want to defund anybody" but failure to enforce federal laws would require defunding to be used as a "weapon."

“I think it’s ridiculous — sanctuary cities. As you know I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities. They breed crime. There’s a lot of problems,” Trump said.

“If we have to we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California. California in many ways is out of control. Obviously the voters agree. Otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me,” the president added.

“So defunding is your weapon of choice —” O’Reilly followed up.

“Well, it’s a weapon. I don’t want to defund a state or a city,” Trump replied.

“But you’re willing to do it?” O’Reilly asked again.

“I don’t want to defund anybody. I want to give them the money they need to properly operate as a city or state. If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly, that would be a weapon,” Trump said.

Trump threatens to cut off federal funding to ‘out of control’ California
by Mark Moore and Marisa Schultz

President Trump on Sunday said California is “out of control” and threatened to restrict federal funds from the Golden State if it carries through on a plan to shield undocumented immigrants from being deported.

“Sanctuary cities, as you know, I’m very much opposed to sanctuary cities,” the president told Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired before the Super Bowl. “They breed crime, there’s a lot of problems. If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California.

“California in many ways is out of control, as you know,” he continued. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.”

Less than a week after Trump’s executive order that bans immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries, California proposed becoming a “sanctuary state” that would hinder efforts to deport illegal immigrants by not cooperating with federal authorities.

Complicating Trump’s plan is that California is one of several “donor states” that pay more to the US government than they receive in federal funds.

During the interview, Trump set off a firestorm of controversy when he responded to a question about Russian President Vladimir Putin being a “killer” by saying, “We got a lot of killers. You think our country is so innocent?”

Pressed by O’Reilly that he didn’t know of any government officials who were killers, Trump said, “Well, take a look at what we’ve done, too. We’ve made a lot of mistakes. I’ve been against the war in Iraq from the beginning.”

The remarks prompted the top Senate Republican to say there’s no “equivalency” between Russia and the United States.

“He is a former KGB agent, a thug, not elected in a way that most people consider a credible election,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Trump also defended the rollout of his executive order banning immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations, which launched protests at airports across the country and stranded hundreds of green-card holders.

“I think it was smooth,” he said. “You had 109 people out of hundreds of thousands of travelers and all we did was vet those people very, very carefully.”

The State Department said as many as 60,000 foreigners from those seven countries have been affected since the ban was first implemented over a week ago.

Of the nuclear deal former President Barack Obama negotiated with Iran, Trump said he might tear up the agreement.

“I mean, we’re going to see what happens,” he said. “I can say this, they have total disregard for our country, they are the No. 1 terrorist state, they’re sending money all over the place — and weapons. And — can’t do that.”

Trump didn’t refute reports that he offered to let the US military stop Mexican drug cartels in a phone conversation with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“We have to do something about the cartels,” Trump said. “I want to help him with it.”

He also said Americans can expect a tax cut by the end of the year and predicted there will be big changes to ObamaCare by next year.
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