Trump in SGF

Jonathan Groves (Used with permission)

Organizers of this week’s demonstrations both supporting and critical of President Donald Trump say they’re pleased with mostly peaceful expressions while he visited Springfield.

As anti-Trump protesters gathered at the local Teamsters Hall before marching to Commercial Street, the president’s supporters lined Kearney Street as Trump’s motorcade rode by. Springfield police say there were no arrests stemming from the events.

President Trump pitched a tax overhaul package on Wednesday in a speech that was heavy on politicking and light on the particulars.

Trump's tax policy ideas are still sketchy — when pitched in April, they amounted to one page of bullet points. In his Wednesday remarks, he didn't add much more detail beyond the broad strokes, saying he wants lower rates for the middle class, a simpler tax code, lower corporate rates and for companies to "bring back [their] money" from overseas to the U.S.

Jerry Cook
Ryan Welch / KSMU

Business and city leaders are among those supporting calls by President Donald Trump to ease the tax burden on the middle class.

Trump visited Springfield Wednesday to launch his tax reform proposal, speaking to roughly 1,500 inside Loren Cook Company, which makes ventilation equipment. The crowd consisted of invited employees and their families, as well as state and federal elected officials.

Sarah Teague/Claire Kidwell
KSMU

A total of  305 law enforcement officers were on duty during President Donald Trump’s visit to Springfield Wednesday – that includes officers from the Springfield Police Department, Greene County, and the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to SPD spokeswoman Lisa Cox.

Officers kept a close eye on the protesters and anti-protesters who came out of the woodwork to exercise their First Amendment rights to the freedom of speech and of assembly.

Ryan Welch / KSMU

In his speech inside a Springfield manufacturing plant Wednesday, President Donald Trump called on the crowd to vote out of office members of Congress who go against his suggestions to overhaul America’s tax code.

He told the audience that the countries that have low business tax rates have an advantage over the United States.

“They are taking us, frankly, to the cleaners.  So we must—we have no choice—we must lower our taxes. And your Senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have to vote her out of office,” Trump said.

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