Trump promises more tax cuts during 78th birthday party

Donald Trump used his 78th birthday party on Friday to promise deeper tax cuts if he wins the November 5 US election and to make vague predictions about future attacks on US soil following the arrest of Tajik nationals with suspected links to ISIS.

Speaking to thousands of supporters at a convention center in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Republican nominee pledged to further reduce the corporate tax rate he cut during his presidency, while also offering tax relief to the middle class. Trump, who is locked in a close rematch race with President Joe Biden, a Democrat, gave no details. Trump cut the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and introduced several other tax breaks that expire next year.

“I want to make them permanent, and then I’m going to cut taxes even more,” Trump said, without offering a plan to offset the potential drop in revenues. “I want to bring it down even further, and especially for middle-income people.” Trump, who made a tough stance on immigration a centerpiece of his administration and has promised a broad crackdown if re-elected, again denounced Biden’s efforts to curb the flow of migrants entering the US illegally.

Trump highlighted the recent arrests of eight people from Tajikistan in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia who had suspected ties to the extremist group ISIS, according to a person familiar with the investigation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the people were arrested in conjunction with the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Forces and were being held on immigration charges, although the agency did not confirm the possible ISIS link.

“Our country has never been in more danger than it is right now,” Trump said, claiming without evidence that thousands of terrorists were pouring into the United States. “Our country will have to pay a high price for many, many years to come.” Biden has tightened his approach to immigration as it proved to be a major political vulnerability for him. Earlier this month, he imposed a broad asylum ban on migrants caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.

Republicans in Congress rejected a bipartisan effort to tighten immigration rules earlier this year after Trump told them not to implement it and hand Biden a political victory. COGNITIVE TEST

Trump stood next to a towering cake topped with a “MAGA” hat, marking his “Make America Great Again” slogan, and addressed a raucous crowd of supporters, many wearing red, white and blue. The event was organized by a group of supporters called Club 47 USA, whose name is a nod to their hopes for him to become the 47th president. Age and mental acuity have been central to the battle between Trump and Biden, often receiving more attention than substantive policy issues.

Polls show that Americans are more concerned about Biden’s old age, which is 81. But at 78, Trump is only three and a half years younger and would be the oldest person ever inaugurated if he wins an election. second semester. While he did not explicitly challenge Biden’s age, Trump again sought to portray his Democratic rival, who sometimes makes verbal mistakes and has a slower gait, as physically weak and mentally unfit to occupy the Oval Office.

Trump called Biden and his administration “extremely incompetent” and “probably the dumbest leadership in the world” and said that “all presidents should have to undergo aptitude tests,” before referring to a cognitive test he said he took during his time in office. Biden has responded to questions about his age by telling voters to focus on his achievements in office as evidence of his acumen and strength. He has described Trump as a threat to democracy following his efforts to overturn the 2020 election, criticizing his sometimes rambling speeches, as well as his use of inflammatory rhetoric against immigrants.

“Happy 78th birthday, Donald. Take it from one old man to another: age is just a number,” Biden posted on social media platform X, along with a video contrasting his actions with those of Trump. “However, these elections are a choice.” In a February Reuters/Ipsos poll, about 78% of respondents — including 71% of Democrats — said Biden, already the oldest president, was too old to work in government. About 53% of respondents said Trump, who served as president from 2017-2021, was too old for government work.

It is unclear to what extent age will be a factor in the final outcome. Among the issues voters will consider is the strength of the economy, which is generally performing well but has been plagued by inflation, as well as immigration and abortion rights. The first televised debate on June 27 will be a key test for both Biden and Trump, with voters looking for verbal miscues as a possible indicator that they may not be up to the task of leading the country.

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