President Trump at his Phoenix rally.
House Speaker Paul Ryan discussed tax reform during a visit to Intel's offices outside Portland. Ryan made the visit with U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, who represents eastern and southern OR and is the chairman of the House Comittee on Energy and Commerce.
The House Speaker held a town hall last night where he said that Trump "messed up" last week by being morally ambiguous about whether there was any comparison between white supremacists and their counter-protesters.
"The fact is though, given the time of year it is and the rest of the appropriations we have to do, we are going to need more time to complete appropriations process particularly in the Senate", Ryan said.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke with Ainsley Earhardt today on Fox & Friends, and he responded to Paul Ryan's criticism about how President Trump handled the civil unrest that followed Charlottesville.
"I don't think it is in our interests to do so", Ryan told a news conference in Oregon.
"A shutdown over the wall plays so well to the president's base that I find it hard to believe that he will just simply cave and sign a true CR", said Steve Bell, a former Senate Budget Committee staff director for Republican Pete Domenici and now with the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Earlier in the day Ryan and Walden made an appearance at Intel in Hillsboro where they talked tax reform.
For individuals, Ryan advocated for a simple tax code with fewer loopholes and complicated features.
"Unify between the House, Senate and the White House first", Ryan said.
Ryan said lower taxes would spur faster economic growth, which would result in more well-paying jobs.
"Therefore", analysts Brian Gardner and Michael Michaud of Keefe, Bruyette & Woods wrote in a note to clients Friday, "we think the likely strategy will be to increase the debt ceiling and then pass a temporary spending bill that will buy Congress more time to finish spending bills for the remainder of the fiscal year (through September 30, 2018)".
Ryan tried to fly the drone toward assembled media members, in jest, but the drone stopped short.