Trump Vows Tax Cuts, Warns Of 'Danger' From Immigrants

(MENAFN- Gulf Times) 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 of future attacks on US soil after the arrest of Tajik nationals with suspected Islamic State (IS) ties.
Speaking to thousands of supporters at a convention centre in West Palm Beach, Florida, the Republican candidate vowed to further cut the corporate tax rate he lowered while president, while also providing tax relief to the middle class.
Trump, who is locked in a close rematch race with President Joe Biden, a Democrat, did not provide specifics.
He slashed the corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% and implemented several other tax breaks that are due to expire next year.
“I want to make them permanent, and then I'm going to reduce taxes by still more,” Trump said, without offering a plan to offset the possible decline in revenue.“I want to get it down still further, and especially for the middle income people.”
The former president made a hardline stance on immigration a centrepiece of his administration and has vowed a wide-ranging crackdown if reelected.
Trump highlighted the recent arrests of eight people from Tajikistan in New York, Los Angeles and Philadelphia who, according to a person familiar with the investigation, had suspected links to the IS extremist group.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that the people had been arrested in co-ordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)'s Joint Terrorism Task Forces and were being held on immigration charges, though the agency did not confirm the possible IS link.
“Our country has never been in danger like it is in danger right now,” Trump said, claiming without evidence that thousands of terrorists were pouring into the United States.“Our country is going to pay a steep price for many, many years.”
Biden has toughened his approach to immigration as it emerged as a major political vulnerability for him.
Earlier this month he instituted a broad asylum ban on migrants caught illegally crossing the US-Mexico border.
Republicans in Congress earlier this year rejected a bipartisan effort to toughen immigration rules after Trump told them not to pass it and give Biden a political win.
Standing next to a towering cake topped with a“MAGA” hat, marking his“Make America Great Again” slogan, Trump spoke to a raucous crowd of supporters, many wearing red, white and blue.
The event was organised by a group of supporters called Club 47 USA, whose name is a nod to their hopes that he becomes the 47th president.


Gulf Times

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