Trump hits Dems on taxes while touting Republican gains on generic ballot

Trump hits Dems on taxes while touting Republican gains on generic ballot

President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE boasted on Tuesday that Republican candidates had taken the lead in a generic congressional ballot, pinning the gains on a sweeping series of tax cuts signed into law in December.

"Republicans are now leading the Generic Poll, perhaps because of the popular Tax Cuts which the Dems want to take away. Actually, they want to raise you [sic] taxes, substantially," Trump tweeted. "Also, they want to do nothing on DACA, R’s want to fix!"

It wasn't immediately clear exactly which poll Trump was referring to, but the tweet came two days after the president touted GOP gains in a poll that still put Democrats ahead of Republicans by 3 points.


A Politico/Morning Consult poll released last week showed Republicans with a slight advantage over Democrats on the generic congressional ballot. According to that survey, 39 percent of likely voters said they would support a GOP candidate, while 38 percent said they would support a Democrat. Another 23 percent in that poll were undecided.

Trump's tweet also accused Democrats of failing to resolve the fate of the "Dreamers," young immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.

Trump in September rescinded the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which temporarily shielded Dreamers from deportation, with a six-month delay, setting off a scramble by lawmakers to codify the program's protections into law by a March 5 deadline.

Those efforts have so far been unsuccessful.

The Senate last week voted down three separate proposals to enshrine DACA's protections into law after Trump vowed to veto any bill other than the one proposed by the White House.

Trump has insisted that any effort to address DACA include funding for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and has also proposed an end to family-based migration and the diversity visa lottery program.