Trump: I don't 'want to be disappointed by Congress' on tax cuts

President Donald Trump kicked off his tax reform push on Wednesday with a speech in Springfield, Missouri, advocating for a massive tax cut while imploring Congress to follow through.

Trump made a slew of promises about his tax plan. He said it would provide tax relief for middle-class families, boost economic growth, and bring business back to the US.

And after the Republican plan on healthcare stalled, he warned Congress not to let him down again.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 27: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) holds a news conference with fellow GOP senators to say they would not support a 'Skinny Repeal' of health care at the U.S. Capitol July 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. The Republican senators said they would not support any legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare unless it was guaranteed to go to conference with the House of Representatives. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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"I don't want to be disappointed by Congress, you understand me?" Trump said as he pointed to GOP lawmakers sitting in the audience.

"I think Congress is going to make a comeback, I hope so," Trump continued, to cheers from the audience. "Tell you what: The United States is counting on it."

The comments come at a point where the president's relationship with Congress, even members of his own party, has become frayed and policy influence has waned.

In the past few months, Trump complicated the push in the Senate for the GOP healthcare bill. He subsequently picked a fight with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, then got blasted by lawmakers in his party for the response to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Policy analysts have warned that the distance between Trump and the legislators could complicate efforts to push through tax reform. The White House has turned over detailed crafting of the tax plan to Congress, and many of the biggest issues that need to be ironed out are still up in the air.

Already, reports indicate that major Trump promises on tax reform might not make it to Congress' plan, including a 15% corporate tax rate. Whether that will be a deal breaker for the president's support remains to be seen.

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