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Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes

Trump set to meet with aides about reducing capital gains taxes
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President TrumpDonald TrumpMore than two-thirds of Americans approve of Biden's coronavirus response: poll Sarah Huckabee Sanders to run for governor Mexico's president tests positive for COVID-19 MORE is expected to meet with his economic advisers Wednesday to discuss whether he should take executive action to reduce capital gains taxes, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.

The Journal reported that Trump's aides are expected to discuss the legal and regulatory issues concerning action on capital gains taxes, and will lay out several broader options about how to cut taxes.

Conservatives have pressed Trump to take tax executive action to reduce capital gains taxes by indexing capital gains to inflation. Supporters of this move argue that it would help to boost the economy and help Americans across the income spectrum.

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But Democrats are strongly opposed to Trump indexing capital gains on his own, arguing that he lacks the authority to do so and that doing so would largely benefit the wealthy.

Trump has sent mixed messages about whether he wants to index capital gains to inflation.

The president said on Aug. 20 that he was thinking about doing so, but then one day later said that he thinks that indexing capital gains would be perceived as "somewhat elitist."

A week later, Trump retweeted tweets that linked to an op-ed from Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTed Cruz, Seth Rogen trade insults as Twitter spat flares Biden leans on Obama-era appointees on climate Ethics complaint filed against Biggs, Cawthorn and Gosar over Capitol riot MORE (R-Texas) in support of indexing capital gains.