Trump Throws Away 'Boring' Remarks at Tax Roundtable

He ranted about immigration, voter fraud instead
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2018 6:44 AM CDT
Trump Throws Away 'Boring' Remarks at Tax Roundtable
President Trump smiles during a roundtable discussion on tax policy, Thursday, April 5, 2018, in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., with from left, Service Pump and Supply principal engineer Sean Farrell, Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va., and West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

If you think a roundtable discussion on tax policy sounds a bit dull, you're not the only one: President Trump declared his prepared remarks "boring" at an event in West Virginia on Thursday and tossed them away, launching instead into a rambling address reminiscent of his campaign events, Politico reports. "You know, this was going to be my remarks, it would've have taken about two minutes, but to hell with it," he said as he chucked his notes aside. He went on to discuss several topics unrelated to the tax bill he was there to promote, including "chain migration," alleged voter fraud, and a "caravan" of migrants making its way through Mexico, the Washington Post reports.

"Remember my opening remarks at Trump Tower when I opened? Everybody said, 'Oh, he was so tough.' I used the word rape," Trump said. "And yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody has ever seen before." A White House spokesman later explained that Trump was referring to migrants being raped by smugglers, though there have been no reports of rape involving the caravan, reports the New York Times. The president also repeated his claim that many of the votes against him in states like California involved people illegally voting repeatedly. "They always like to say, 'Oh, that's like a conspiracy theory.' Not a conspiracy theory, folks," he said "Millions and millions of people. And it's very hard, because the state guards their records. They don't want to see it." (More President Trump stories.)

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