Trump seeks pivot to tax reform after focus on health care

President Trump is reviving his push for tax reform after a week dominated by foreign policy and health care debates, using his weekly address on Friday to preview a plan to simplify the tax code and lower corporate tax rates.

"For too long, American families have been hurt by Washington’s policies that put the interests of other countries before the interests of our country," Trump said. 

"That is why, in my administration, we are pursuing tax cuts and reform that create jobs in America, for American workers — not foreign workers, but American workers."


Under his proposal, Trump said, 95 percent of Americans would be able to file their taxes on a single page, and middle-class families and U.S. companies would be the recipients of tax cuts.

"We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reform our tax code and pave the way to unprecedented prosperity. By doing what we’re doing, we will see results like you’ve never seen before," he said. "It will be the largest tax cut in our country’s history."

Also a key focus of his administration's tax reform efforts, Trump said, is to repatriate trillions of dollars in wealth held overseas. 

A group of GOP leaders in the Senate, House and administration is slated to release more details on a long-awaited tax plan next week, but the extent of the details remains murky.

The focus on tax reform follows a week in which Trump met with several world leaders and delivered his first address before the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Back in Washington, lawmakers have focused overwhelmingly on the GOP's latest effort in the Senate to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

But that effort was dealt a potentially decisive blow on Friday, when Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainThe Memo: Summit fallout hits White House Graham: Biggest problem is Trump ‘believes meddling equals collusion’ Obama, Bush veterans dismiss Trump-Putin interpreter subpoena MORE (R-Ariz.) announced that he would not support the measure authored by Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP strategist: Putin press conference 'made Trump look weak' Release of Carter Page surveillance documents reignites debate Graham: Warrant for Carter Page surveillance was 'a bunch of garbage' MORE (R-S.C.) and Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (R-La.).

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump and Congress at odds over Russia GOP leader blocks resolution backing intelligence community on Russia Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE (R-Ky.) had already come out against the bill, and Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsThe Hill's Morning Report — Russia furor grips Washington Overnight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements Senate panel to vote next week on banning 'gag clauses' in pharmacy contracts MORE (R-Maine) has signaled that she is leaning against supporting the measure. McCain's announcement, however, could prompt other GOP senators to follow suit and oppose the proposal.

After the GOP's last push to repeal parts of the ACA failed in July, Trump and congressional Republicans appeared to pivot toward tax reform — a key campaign promise for Trump and an initiative widely backed by Republican lawmakers.