Trump Floats ‘All-Tariff’ Federal Revenue System in Return to Capitol Hill

Former President Donald Trump brought his comeback campaign to the capital to rally Republican lawmakers and business leaders, doubling down on the pro-tariff, anti-income-tax agenda he championed while in office.

A pair of meetings Thursday with GOP members of Congress were the first such gatherings since a Manhattan jury found Trump guilty of 34 felonies for falsifying records to cover up hush money paid to a porn star. They also marked Trump’s first visit to Capitol Hill since his supporters mobbed the Capitol complex on Jan. 6, 2021, in an effort to halt certification of President Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

The meetings with senators and House members were meant to demonstrate a united front following Trump’s New York conviction, which many Republicans have criticized as politically motivated. During a morning session with the House GOP, Trump floated the idea of an all-tariff federal revenue system, large enough to replace the income tax, according to a GOP lawmaker in attendance. 

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