President Donald Trump plans to visit Miami on Monday to preside over a roundtable discussion promoting the signature legislation of his administration: a $1.5 trillion tax cut that's boosting corporate profits and sending the deficit soaring, according to multiple sources familiar with the plans.
There were no details available Wednesday on the planned presidential visit, beyond that Trump expects to be in Miami the morning of April 16. The plan is for him to host the kind of business roundtable the White House has organized in other places around the country since the Republican-backed legislation passed in December.
White House spokeswoman Helen Aguirre Ferré confirmed the visit, and said more details would be available as the trip approaches. This will be Trump's first visit to Miami since he came to Little Havana last June to announce his Cuba policy.
Large corporations announced bonuses and salary increases after the legislation passed, while congressional analysts and economists said the sharp drop in federal revenue would lead to significantly more borrowing in Washington.
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Trump's expected visit to Miami brings him to political territory that has been unfriendly to him in past. The county's Republican mayor, Carlos Gimenez, supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, and Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, two Republican members of Congress from Miami, declined to support their party's standard-bearer, too. Hillary Clinton won Miami-Dade County in 2016, though Trump carried Florida and drew the first presidential endorsement from Miami's Bay of Pigs veterans group.
The president has been close to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, a Republican running for the U.S. Senate against incumbent Bill Nelson. There was no word Wednesday on whether Scott would accompany the president during his Miami visit.
Trump's planned visit comes after the White House said the president didn't have time to attend the Summit of the Americas in Peru this week, explaining that he had to remain stateside to manage the Syria crisis. He is the first U.S. president not to attend the hemispheric summit.