- The Washington Times - Monday, December 18, 2017

Ivanka Trump said Monday that the Democratic leadership is holding members back from supporting tax reform.

“We’ve had a lot of very productive conversations with Democrats, who I believe are intellectually there, their hearts are there, but the party is not there, the leadership is not there,” Ms. Trump, President Trump’s daughter and senior adviser, said on Fox News.

Ms. Trump said that she hopes that once tax reform is passed and people see and feel the results, Democrats will be more supportive of future policy initiatives by the administration.

“But I’m hopeful with, really, this enormous and historic win for the American people, we come into 2018 with such tremendous momentum and galvanize support and cohesion,” she said.

Ms. Trump also said the administration has been working closely with the business community, both corporations and small businesses, to see what changes to the tax code would be the most helpful for them.

“Small businesses will have the lowest taxes since 1931. So think about how that gives them the latitude to be able to invest in growth,” she explained.

Republicans are hoping to pass tax reform this week and have it ready for Mr. Trump to sign.

• Sally Persons can be reached at spersons@washingtontimes.com.

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