President Donald Trump today focuses his attention on tax reform

Trump brought his daughter up during a visit to North Dakota to talk about tax reform.

But while the president's team spoke hopefully about bipartisanship, Republican leaders in Congress have made clear that they're pursuing a go-it-alone strategy on taxes that has shut Democrats out of the negotiations. The only reason that Trump paid any taxes at all was due to the alternative minimum tax that is created to cause those who claim many exemptions and deductions to pay some tax.

The president marveled at the "miracle" of North Dakota's boost in energy production, citing their low tax environment and regulations for helping it happen.

Trump will note on Wednesday that the last major tax overhaul, under President Reagan, received bipartisan support in 1986, White House officials said.

Gov. Doug Burgum, along with First Lady Kathryn Helgaas Burgum and Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford, will greet Trump at the airport and attend his speech.

Organizers think they have an opportunity to make Trump's tax reform push as radioactive as GOP health care legislation with the right message.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., tweeted a photo before boarding Air Force One Wednesday morning.

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No details have been released on Donald Trump's new tax plan, but already several things do not ring true.

Trump promoted his tax agenda, vowing to cut taxes for the middle class and for businesses. And your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you.

Heitkamp, the lone Democrat elected to statewide office in deeply red North Dakota, has not yet said whether she'll seek reelection next year. Also joining the president were Republican Sen.

The president met Tuesday with Republican congressional leaders working on the tax overhaul, which aims to simplify the tax code, lower the rate for corporations, and reduce the tax burden for middle-class families.

Trump during his speech noted the opposition but also said opponents "didn't know" why they were against the project.

"We're eager to hear the president's ideas, but North Dakotans don't just want to hear a political stump speech, either", Oversen said in an email. "He's going to spend a great deal of time over the next months going around the country and selling tax reform".

  • Megan Austin