Ivanka Trump and U.S. Sen. Tim Scott spoke to more than 100 women at the Westin Pointsett Hotel in Greenville, South Carolina. They discussed the expanded child tax credit and other aspects of the recently passed tax legislation. U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy also attended the event.
Scott praised Ivanka Trump for her role in doubling the child tax credit.
“Ivanka has a strong, powerful backbone,” Scott said.
The president’s daughter said the purpose of the tax bill was two-fold: To enable U.S. corporations to be competitive in the global landscape and to help middle-class families. She said middle-class families will benefit from the elimination of trillions of dollars in loopholes for special interests. She also said the tax bill includes provisions that will enhance school choice.
Scott and Trump fielded questions that were submitted in advance by audience members.
Scott said the tax bill already has resulted in bonuses and pay increases for 2 million private-sector employees. He mentioned that Home Depot and Starbucks recently announced bonuses and pay increases for their employees. He said Apple is going to invest $350 billion in the U.S.
Trump said she spoke before the event to POTUS, who is flying back from an economic conference in Davos, Switzerland. She said POTUS told her that his primary message at the conference was: “American is open for business.”
Responding to a question, Scott said he believes Congress is in a “very good position” to reach a budget deal that will include DACA and border security agreement by a Feb. 8 deadline.