This column provides a daily update on key presidential actions as well as comments, whether spoken aloud or on Twitter, by President Trump. Like the stock market, the deadline for Trump Today action is 4 p.m. Eastern Time, even as we acknowledge that substantive news can and does occur after hours.
President Donald Trump on Friday applauded passage of a budget in the Senate that paves the way for a tax cut, met with the head of the United Nations and angered British lawmakers with a tweet about crime.
TRUMP COMMENDS REPUBLICANS, PREDICTS PAUL WILL VOTE FOR TAX CUTS
Trump tweeted the budget passed by the Senate on Thursday night “now allows for the passage of large scale Tax Cuts (and Reform),” and singled out Sen. Rand Paul as the lone “no” Republican vote on the measure. The budget contains a procedure known as reconciliation that allows legislation to pass with a simple majority. That’s critical since the GOP holds 52 seats in the Senate.
“He will vote for tax cuts,” Trump said about Kentucky Republican Paul. But Trump didn’t elaborate.
Also read: What’s next for a tax overhaul after the Senate passed its budget.
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‘TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL’ SEEN FOR THE U.N.
In a meeting with U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Trump said the international organization “hasn’t been used over the years nearly as it should be” but has “tremendous potential.”
Trump has been a critic of the U.N.’s management but offered praise for Guterres, saying: “You need talent. And he’s got the talent.”
Read: Trump takes ‘America first’ policy to United Nations.
CRIME TWEET ANGERS BRITS
Trump’s tweet that crime in the U.K. rose 13% annually “amid spread of Radical Islamic terror” sparked anger in Britain, with Labor Party members of Parliament calling Trump a “moron” and saying his statement was “inflammatory and ignorant.”
The BBC reported Trump’s tweet used data from the Office for National Statistics’ latest crime update, reporting a 13% increase across all offences in the 12 months until June. The statistics made no reference to “radical Islamic terror.” It also covered England and Wales, not the entire U.K.
See: Brexit is far from the only worry for U.K. stocks.
Just out report: "United Kingdom crime rises 13% annually amid spread of Radical Islamic terror." Not good, we must keep America safe!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2017