Officials said the Small Business Growth Index, a biannual survey of 500 small business owners (SBOs), determined 52 percent of businesses expect to pay the same or more in taxes and only 36 percent believe their taxes will decrease in 2018.
Along with some of the state's premier politicians, Trump was also joined at the table by representatives of three West Virginia companies and three West Virginia families who received a windfall from the tax cut, according to a press handout from the White House. Vice President Mike Pence - in words uncharacteristically harsh for the even-tempered vice president - railed against Manchin when he was in the state for a GOP conference earlier this year.
"Being in North Carolina and hearing that the President is coming to West Virginia again- we love it", Collins added.
Trump did not endorse either of the candidates who are running a close race for the May primary.
Trump was in West Virginia to showcase the benefits of Republican tax cuts, but he took a big and meandering detour to talk about his tough immigration and trade plans. And the wealthy Koch brothers' network is spending $20 million promoting the new tax law, after spending $20 million trying to pass it.
"Instead of the political posturing back and forth, West Virginians deserve answers, and the only thing that matters today is did these questions get answered in White Sulphur Springs", Manchin wrote.
Riffing on this week's announcement that he plans to deploy National Guard troops to the southern border ― a move that was likely inspired in part by a Fox News segment ― Trump made several spurious claims about the US immigration system. "They always like to say that's a conspiracy theory. Millions and millions of people". "You have to go after people who aren't treating you right".
"In many places, like California, the same person votes many times", Trump said".
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said she had been working with governors of the southwest border states to develop agreements on where and how many Guardsmen will be deployed. She says: "We're going to be sending as many troops as we need". Jerry Brown about earning his support for the deployment. Both praised the president and his agenda at the event. The president has been tweeting about the caravan all week and had warned Mexico to interdict it before the migrants arrived at the border.
As he has done before, Trump conjured images of violence and suffering when he described the perils of illegal immigration, though statistics show that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than citizens.