Heidi Heitkamp. "These are great people".
But individual changes like a lower tax rate or a higher standard deduction won't necessarily translate into a lower tax bill for a middle-class worker if there are other measures that offset them. You see that with what's happening in Congress.
Speaker Ryan last week described Trump and congressional Republicans as "united in our determination to get this done".
"Come on up honey", Trump said by way of introducing her. But I mention this because I think there's a certain salience to Trump's bogus talking point.
Former model Melania Trump is married to American businessman and designated 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Heitkamp, the lone Democrat elected to statewide office in North Dakota, has said she agrees with rolling back regulations like the Waters of the US rule and was one of three Democratic senators to vote to confirm the president's Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch.
North Dakota has enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate during the past decade, thanks to the shale oil boom that boosted the state's economy. Just two of North Dakota's 53 counties voted Democrat in the presidential election. Sen. Why is she on his lap and why is her hand on his face?
Perhaps most agonizing for Republicans: On stage with Trump and Heitkamp was her potential challenger, Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.). By packing the administration with climate change deniers, withdrawing from the Paris climate accords, dismantling a federal advisory committee on climate change, and dealing blow after blow to the scientific community, the Trump administration has shown that it is completely irresponsible when it comes to climate change. But he exclusively singled out Heitkamp for her greatness.
This week, Trump overruled Republican leaders to cut a deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling.
One of them stood outside the refinery gate. Tax analyst Robert Goulder, writing on a Forbes magazine blog, puts it best: "If the masses can be convinced that they're grossly overtaxed relative to everyone else in the world, the case for tax reform becomes easier - or at least for tax cuts".
He's pointing to Julie Ellingson, a fourth-generation rancher who owns a cattle ranch with her husband.
His shout-out to Heitkamp doesn't come totally out of the blue.
These guests were invited by the White House to welcome the president to North Dakota. But the move is obviously calculated to serve some objective for herself or to get her father out of a tense situation.
Both the powers of the president and the broader government on the economy are quite limited, Blinder said. "Why wasn't he using this trip to promote a potential opponent against her?"