Trump pens op-ed: We need to fix 'self-destructive tax code'

Trump pens op-ed: We need to fix 'self-destructive tax code'
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President Trump penned an op-ed calling for the country to fix its tax code.

In an op-ed in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Trump said the country's "self-destructive tax code costs Americans millions of jobs, trillions of dollars and billions of hours spent on compliance and paperwork."

"To fix this, we have made the foundation of our job creation agenda fundamentally reforming our tax code for the first time in more than 30 years," Trump wrote in the op-ed.

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"I want to work with Congress on a plan that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker and pro-American."

Trump said the tax plan would "dramatically reduce" income taxes for American workers and families."

He added that the tax plan would "nearly double the standard deduction to help families get ahead."

"It will make our complex tax code more simple and fair," Trump wrote. "It will put money back into the pockets of the people who earned it. And it will bring back American jobs by making our businesses competitive once again."

Trump said the government owes it to the American people to fix the broken system.

"That’s why my administration is embracing a new economic model: the American model," Trump wrote.

"Under this system, we will encourage companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers and to help rebuild our American cities and communities. Americans will succeed and grow together — as one team, with one shared sense of purpose, and one glorious American destiny."
 
The president then called for members of Congress to support the plan for tax reform.

"If we do this — if we unite in the name of common sense — then we will add millions of jobs, funnel hundreds of billions of dollars into our economy and give America the competitive advantage we so desperately need," Trump wrote.

"Instead of exporting our jobs, we will export our goods, and lift millions of struggling citizens from welfare to work."

Trump counts tax reform as one of his key agenda items and kicked off his sales pitch on the issue last week with a speech in Springfield, Mo. It is also a top legislative priority for congressional Republicans.