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Mon Oct 25, 2021, 08:02 AM

How a secretive conservative group influenced 'populist' Trump's tax cuts

Source: The Guardian

How a secretive conservative group influenced ‘populist’ Trump’s tax cuts

Recordings from a 2019 panel discussion of the Council for National Policy reveal tax cuts were sparked by personal conversations

Jason Wilson
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Mon 25 Oct 2021 08.01 BST

Documents and recordings obtained by the Guardian shed new light on a powerful and secretive rightwing network and the influence it was able to exert on Trump administration policies favoring the super-rich.

The recordings include speeches given to the Council for National Policy (CNP) by conservative media stars including Dennis Prager, emerging Republican power players such as Charlie Kirk, and close economic advisers to Donald Trump.

Some of the previously published recordings appear to no longer be publicly available.

The Guardian’s independently sourced recordings offer an insight into how much influence conservative economic thinkers – from bodies representing the interests of some of the richest individuals in the country – were able to exert on the supposed populist Trump.

In particular, a panel discussion at CNP’s February 2019 meeting suggests that Trump decided one of his most far-reaching economic policies on very limited evidence – on the basis of a personal conversation.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/oct/25/secretive-group-influence-trumps-tax-cuts

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Eugene Oct 25 OP
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Mon Oct 25, 2021, 08:48 AM

1. Reagan went gaga for "trickle down" after Jack Kemp drew him a "graph" on a napkin at dinner.

The Republicans love their "useful idiots".

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