Trump hits Manchin over tax bill vote at West Virginia event

President Donald Trump gives a thumbs up during a roundtable discussion on tax policy Thursday

Jenkins said that "West Virginians understand your policies are working" and that Trump was "welcome to come back any time".

"We're very proud of the tax cut", Trump said in his closing remarks.

The president brought up Manchin repeatedly, while sitting next to two West Virginia politicians who are running for the Republican nomination to unseat Manchin. Vice President Mike Pence - in words uncharacteristically harsh for the even-tempered vice president - railed against Manchin when he was in the state for a GOP conference earlier this year.

According to the Migration Policy Institute, West Virginia's unauthorized immigrant population is estimated at 6,000 residents.

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The other primary candidate is Don Blankenship, the former CEO of Massey Energy Co. who served a yearlong prison term after a 2010 explosion at the company's mine that killed 29 people. And the wealthy Koch brothers' network is spending $20 million promoting the new tax law, after spending $20 million trying to pass it.

The Trump administration hasn't determined how many troops it will seek to have deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border.

To be sure, Trump praised his tax cut plan, especially during a question-and-answer session with officials gathered in White Sulphur Springs.

Instead, he riffed on one of his favorite topics, immigration.

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In a statement about the tax reform discussion, Manchin called the event "political posturing" and said West Virginians failed to get answers on healthcare, Social Security, miners' pensions and why some aspects of the tax reform plan aren't permanent. He said they have helped revived the economy and allowed Americans to keep more of their money. "And yesterday it came out where this journey coming up, women are raped at levels that nobody's ever seen before".

"They cut people up, because a bullet is too quick", Trump said of MS-13. Ultimately, it will be up to the four border-state governors to finalize the numbers and precise timing.

Nielsen says she will be speaking again Thursday with California Gov.

It wasn't immediately clear what he was talking about, but he appeared to be referring to a so-called caravan of Central American migrants that had been traveling through Mexico toward the US border.

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As he has done before, Trump conjured images of violence and suffering when he described the perils of illegal immigration, though statistics show that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than citizens.

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