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Trump Decided to Sign the Tax Bill Today to Prove Cable News Wrong

The president had reportedly planned on waiting until January to avoid risking automatic cuts to Medicaid. He changed his mind on Friday.

by Drew Schwartz
Dec 22 2017, 6:30pm

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Congressional Republicans passed their tax bill on Wednesday, meaning the only thing left to do to make the rich richer was for Trump to sign the thing into law. The president had long promised to do so before Christmas, but because signing it could trigger automatic cuts to Medicaid and other programs, he had reportedly planned to hold off until January. On Friday, he changed course and signed the bill anyway.

His decision wasn't prompted by the counsel of his advisors, or some ingenious political revelation—he signed the bill into law to prove the losers and haters of American cable news wrong.

"I was going to wait for a formal signing some time in early January, but then I watched the news this morning and they were all saying, 'Will he keep his promise, will he sign it by Christmas?'" Trump said during the signing. "And I called downstairs and said, 'Get it ready, we have to sign it now.'"

Though the president sometimes denies it, Trump is obsessed with cable news, and TV has helped fuel his fits of rage. On Friday, it seemed to affect more than that.

The spending cuts that could be triggered by the bill could be waived by Congress, but that would require Democrats to cooperate with Republicans. Addressing it will likely be a priority for legislators as soon as they come back to DC after the holiday break.

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