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Trump defends Republican tax plan as 'Christmas gifts'

Passage in Congress would provide party and US President with their first major victory


US President Donald Trump on Saturday defended a Republican tax-cut plan against Democratic charges that it favours the rich, saying it will be “one of the great Christmas gifts” for the middle class with just days to go before Congress votes. With a vote on the biggest tax rewrite in three decades set for Tuesday, Republicans were working to ensure party members were holding the line in favor of the legislation against entrenched Democratic opposition. The plan was finalised on Friday after Republican Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Corker pledged their support. Three ...

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First Published: Mon, December 18 2017. 00:31 IST