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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was set to give an on-camera briefing to reporters on Thursday. Sanders’ session with journalists comes hours are Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told CNBC that the Trump administration has a “very detailed” tax reform plan ready.
“The House and the Senate are now socializing the plan with their members,” Mnuchin said in a live interview with CNBC about the yet-to-be-unveiled tax proposal. “We’re going to release a blueprint, it’s going to go to committee and we’re going to turn this into a bill that the president will sign,” he said.
Earlier Thursday, a Reuters story detailed how Trump’s defense secretary, Jim Mattis, became just the latest top official to contradict or seem to criticize the president in recent days. Mattis on Wednesday had told journalists, referring to the question of how to deal with North Korea’s nuclear weapons and missile programs, “We are never out of diplomatic solutions.”