“As Americans filed their taxes this spring, they wrestled for the last time with a system that for decades plundered their paychecks and made American businesses uncompetitive,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross writes in an op-ed for CNBC.
“The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump in December is already benefiting American families, workers, and companies,” Secretary Ross adds. “The United States will continue to reap the economic benefits generated by tax reform for years to come.”
In the Washington Examiner, Gabby Morrongiello reports that President Trump “called on Congress to boost funding for his border wall between the U.S. and Mexico, in addition to ending loopholes that incentivize illegal immigration.” Addressing reporters from the White House Rose Garden, President Trump said that “there’s no country in the world that has laws like we do. They’ve got to change now for the safety of our country.”
“Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a month ago, said he saw a ‘real opportunity’ to negotiate an end to the regime’s nuclear weapons program,” David Beavers writes in Politico. “We’re going to look for actions and deeds,” Secretary Pompeo explained. “And until such time, the president has made it incredibly clear we will keep the pressure campaign in place until we achieve that.”
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the United States is well on its way toward a goal of sustained economic growth, Ken Martin reports for Fox Business. “I think the economy is doing fabulous,” Secretary Mnuchin says, citing enduring 3 percent GDP growth under the Trump Administration.
Between October 2016 and December 2017, the Department of Health and Human Services was unable to locate nearly 1,500 out of the 7,635 unaccompanied alien minors it attempted to reach—almost one-fifth of its file, Leila Miller reports for PBS Frontline. “I don’t care what you think about immigration policy, it’s wrong,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said.