Trump’s weekly address (Video)

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The White House released President Donald Trump’s weekly address video to the American people Friday morning.

The president hit home with a powerful message directed to the heart of the nation — the American family, jobs and a tax plan that is intended to allow American citizens to keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pockets.

President Trump, who achieved great success in business prior to entering politics, has repeatedly stated since the days of his campaign–including in his addresses at the Republican National Convention and at his inauguration–that he wants to bring prosperity back to America and allow all Americans to not only prosper but thrive.

Below is a full transcript of the president’s remarks today, followed by his video message:

“The American family has always been the heart of our great nation. In homes across this country, families teach their children to work hard, to love each other, and to make the most of their talents in pursuit of their dreams.

“Yet for too long, American families have been hurt by Washington’s policies that put the interests of other countries before the interests of our country.

“That’s why, in my administration, we are pursuing tax cuts and reform that create jobs in America for American workers, not foreign workers.

“Here are my four principals for tax reform:

“First, we are going to make the tax code simple and fair so that families can spend more time with their children, and less time wading through pages of paperwork.

“A staggering 94 percent of families use professional help to do their taxes, and that’s not fair, it’s not right.

“That’s why, under our plan, 95 percent of Americans will be able to file their tax return on a single page without keeping receipts, tracking paperwork, or filling out extra schedules.

“Second, we’re going to cut taxes for the middle class so that hard-working Americans can finally save more for their future.

“We want to help families keep more of what they earn, and to be able to afford the cost of raising a family. Our tax code should recognize that the most important investment we can make is in our children.

“Third, we are going to restore America’s competitive edge by making our tax system more attractive for investment and for job creation.

“Our business tax rate is the highest in the world, pushing jobs to foreign countries. That’s not what we want, that’s not what I’ve been talking about all these years. I’ve been talking about the exact opposite.

“We need to bring down our tax rate so we can create jobs, wealth and opportunity right here in the United States of America, so we can bring our jobs back and bring our businesses back.

“We want tax reform that puts America first. We want tax reform that makes America great again.

“Finally, we’re going to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth parked overseas, so that it can be invested in our country where it belongs.

“We have a once in a generation opportunity to reform our tax code and pave the way to unprecedented prosperity. By doing what we’re doing, you will see results like you’ve never seen before. It will be the largest tax cut in our country’s history.

“I’m asking members of both parties to come together, to put aside partisan differences, and to pass historic tax reform and tax cuts for the great citizens of our nation.

“That’s how we will all succeed and thrive together, as one team, one people, and one American family. Thank you, God bless you and God bless America.”

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