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         Trump Today: President meets with Mnuchin   on tax-reform plan

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 tweeted about fighting the House Freedom Caucus, met with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on tax reform and hosted the prime minister of Denmark at the White House.

FIGHT THE FREEDOM CAUCUS

• Trump set political tongues wagging with a morning tweet that said the House Freedom Caucus should “get on the team” or be fought against in 2018. The group of House conservatives opposed the Republican health-care bill that was pulled from the floor last week, in an embarrassment for GOP leaders and Trump.

He also took yet another swipe at the New York Times and asked if libel laws should be changed.

MNUCHIN MEETING

• Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump met in the morning at the White House to discuss tax reform, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said. Spicer added Trump’s team is “weighing the best options” for middle-class tax relief and making businesses more competitive.

Also read: Here’s how the U.S. got to $20 trillion in debt.

OPIOID LUNCH

• Continuing his focus on combatting drug addiction, Trump had a legislative affairs lunch on opioid and drug abuse. It was held a day after Trump named New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to lead a commission on the subject.


         Trump Today: President meets with Mnuchin   on tax-reform plan

DANISH PRIME MINISTER

• Trump hosted Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen at the White House in the afternoon. Spicer did not preview the meeting, but they were likely to discuss the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance, among other subjects. Trump has pressed fellow NATO member Germany to pay more to support the alliance. In brief remarks in the Oval Office, Trump called Denmark a “very good ally.”

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