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UPDATE: Trump touts pipelines, PolyMet during Minnesota trip

BURNSVILLE, MN–President Donald Trump celebrated pipelines and PolyMet during his visit to Minnesota Monday.

Trump held a roundtable event in Burnsville, talking with small business owners about tax cuts and the economy.

While the President opened his speech by commenting on what he called the “terrible” sight at Notre Dame in Paris, he followed that by saying lowering taxes for businesses resulted in “tremendous growth, more investment and new jobs.”

Trump also questioned opposition to the Enbridge Line 3 replacement project, much of which would run through Minnesota.

“It’s very important we get that approved,” Trump said. “I think it’s something that will bring down your costs and bring down your costs for the whole country.”

Immediately after that statement, Trump seemed to praise approval of the final federal permits for the PolyMet project on the Iron Range.

“The Iron Range is so important. That is really big, and that’s in final stages. It’s already moving along beyond anything anybody could have even anticipated. It was a closed subject. That’s good for you but it’s great for the nation because you have the best there is in the world sitting there, right there. A lot of people going back to work, so that’s very important,” Trump said.

Congressman Pete Stauber was also at Monday’s event. He had a chance to speak with President Trump shortly after he arrived. No word on what they discussed.

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MINNEAPOLIS (KARE-TV)  — President Donald Trump will be in Minnesota on Tax Day to highlight the economy and his tax bill.

He is expected to attend a roundtable discussion at Nuss Truck & Equipment in Burnsville.

We learned Sunday night that Governor Tim Walz will “continue the tradition of greeting the president” at the airport. The governor said he will use it as an opportunity to advocate for federal disaster aid for Minnesota.

Monday’s visit will be the president’s third to Minnesota in less than a year. President Trump held two political rallies in 2018, but this will be his first official White House visit.

“This is a more intimate group with business leaders and owners to talk specifically about the economy and how the tax cuts have benefited those businesses,” explained Jennifer Carnahan, chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota.

The visit is also a chance to lay the groundwork for 2020. In 2016, Trump lost to Hillary Clinton in Minnesota by 1.5 percentage points. The state has not voted for a Republican for president since Richard Nixon in 1972.

“I think the president recognizes that there is an incredible opportunity to win our state’s 10 electoral votes in 2020,” Carnahan said. “There is certainly an opportunity to change that tide and change that momentum.”

CAIR-Minnesota (Council on American-Islamic Relations) is planning to hold a rally at 11:30 a.m. on Monday at the same location, according to a press release.

CAIR-MN calls the rally “peaceful” and a way to show “solidarity” with communities impacted by the Trump administration.

The organization references recent controversy surrounding Rep. Ilhan Omar as an instance of these impacts.

The day before President Trump’s visit, Sen. Amy Klobuchar held a press conference in Minneapolis to push back on his tax bill. Klobuchar, a Democratic presidential candidate for 2020, talked about her $1 trillion infrastructure plan.

“That tax bill was a major missed opportunity. That tax bill should have been a bill that would’ve not only brought some taxes down for working people, but also could’ve funded a major infrastructure investment. Here are the facts, our nation’s infrastructure is crumbling,” said Sen. Klobuchar, with the Interstate 35W bridge as her backdrop.

Part of Klobuchar’s plan includes raising the corporate tax from 21 percent to 25 percent. Prior to Trump’s tax law taking effect last year, the rate was at 35 percent.

“It’s a steady source of funding for this and all of our colleagues keep talking about how they want to see movement on infrastructure and this is the opportunity to do it,” Klobuchar said.

The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center estimated that about 80 percent of households would receive a tax cut in 2018. The center added it would reduce taxes by an average of $1,600 in 2018 with the biggest benefit going to households making $308,000 to $733,000. A recent poll from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal reported that just 17 percent believe their taxes will go down as a result of the tax overhaul.

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