Bloomberg News reports:
Donald Trump told Republican senators on Tuesday that he wants a payroll tax holiday through the November election so that taxes don’t go back up before voters decide whether to return him to office, according to three people familiar with the president’s remarks.
Trump spoke to the Republicans at their weekly conference lunch at the Capitol as his administration prepares a package of economic measures to combat the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
Trump also pitched Republican senators on economic relief for the travel and hospitality industries, which have been hard-hit by coronavirus-related cancellations, said Senator Lindsey Graham. Graham, a South Carolina Republican, said reaction to the idea of waiving payroll taxes was “mixed.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 10, 2020
Letting families keep more of their hard-earned money is a great idea!https://t.co/8BW4PKlwxX
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 10, 2020
At a time of national emergency, when we need our president to pull us together as a country in response, he is still thinking in purely political and self-Interested terms.
Come on, Mr. @POTUS. Surprise us! https://t.co/3fxcQFkpRF
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) March 10, 2020
Trump is more concerned about taking advantage of a crisis to boost his reelection chances than enacting a policy to protect Americans’ livelihoods.https://t.co/Ts9gwQ8zcP
— DNC War Room (@DNCWarRoom) March 10, 2020