Trump Today: Trump Today: Pressed on all sides at home, president flies to Nashville to speak to friendly farmers
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 went to Nashville, Tenn., on Monday to speak to the American Farm Bureau and committed to pass legislation and cut regulations to benefit farmers, and said he would support a farm bill that included crop insurance. The president ignored the bombshell book “Fire and Fury” and its reports from inside the White House that continue to roil Washington. And as Trump spoke there were reports that special counsel Robert Mueller will likely seek an interview with the president.
Trump tells farmers he supports crop insurance https://t.co/wmzHLT2YOJ
— The Urban Craft (@MaryalPrry) January 8, 2018
‘Fighting for farmers, our country and our great American flag’
Trump basked in the warm reception from farmers, saying his administration was fighting for millions of hardworking Americans who had been forgotten. Trump said the Republican tax plan would deliver “historic relief” for farmers. “In every decision we make, we are honoring American’s proud farming legacy,” he said.
— Darryl Howery (@dghowery) January 8, 2018
Taking credit for the roaring stock market
In his speech, Trump also lauded the tax overhaul just passed by Congress, telling an enthusiastic crowd that eviscerating the estate tax will allow them to keep the family farm. “We’re going to get you taken care of,” he said. “It’s about time.”
The president again took credit for the roaring stock market. He recalled a police officer who’d approached him at an event and thanked him for the 39% increase in his 401(k) plan. “My wife thinks I’m a financial genius,” Trump said the man told him. The S&P 500 has gained about 28% since election night 2016.
Expanding high-speed internet coverage of rural areas
Trump on Monday said he would sign an executive order to expand high-speed internet coverage of rural areas by allowing private companies to locate internet infrastructure on federal property.