Trump hosting manufacturers in Oval Office

Trump hosting manufacturers in Oval Office
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President Trump on Friday will host manufacturers in the Oval Office, amid his push for a tax-code overhaul supported by the industry.

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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President Jay Timmons and more than one dozen manufacturing industry representatives will attend a ceremony at the White House where Trump will proclaim Friday as National Manufacturing Day, according to a White House official.

Among the attendees will be manufacturing leaders from companies in Maryland and West Virginia. The latter state is home to Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinManchin touts support for Trump border wall in new ad Dems seek to leverage ObamaCare fight for midterms White House was in talks with Manchin to lead Veterans Affairs: report MORE, one of several moderate Democrats up for reelection next year who Trump is hoping will support his tax plan.

The event comes one week after Trump called for a “giant, beautiful, massive" tax cut at the NAM's board meeting. NAM backs the GOP's tax framework and has been pushing for a tax-code rewrite that lowers tax rates for corporations and small businesses, has strong incentives for research and development and makes the U.S. tax system more internationally competitive.

“On Manufacturing Day, America’s dreamers, doers and makers open our doors to modern manufacturing and unveil the opportunities that lie beyond them to students, parents, educators and community members across the country. It is our industry’s biggest stage to recruit and inspire next-generation manufacturers to create and build their — and our — future in America,” Timmons said in a statement.

“The future of manufacturing also heavily depends on enacting bold tax reform, and today is a great opportunity to bring that message directly to the American people,” he said.