Ivanka Trump touts biz tax cut near Pittsburgh

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Ivanka Trump touted her father’s tax reform policies and anti-regulation measures in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., Tuesday morning at a small business roundtable with business owners and state elected officials.

Ivanka Trump touted her father’s tax reform policies and anti-regulation measures in Mt. Lebanon Tuesday morning at a small business roundtable with business owners and state elected officials.

Ms. Trump, alongside Small Business Administration administrator Linda McMahon, told the group gathered at the Potomac Mineral Group offices on Washington Road that President Donald Trump’s tax cuts will continue to benefit them.

“We want to create a level playing field and enable you to compete,” Ms. Trump said, seated in the middle of a marble table in a fourth-floor conference room.

For 50 minutes, Ms. Trump and Ms. McMahon asked business owners and state officials about their careers and experiences and what they expect from the Trump administration.

Ms. Trump, a top adviser to the president, spoke of the importance of creating a pipeline of skilled workers and encouraging women to start businesses.

She sat next to state Rep. Rick Saccone, who is running for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, and lauded his “incredible work in workforce development.” Mr. Saccone is running against Democrat Conor Lamb to fill former Congressman Tim Murphy’s seat.

Also seated at the table were state Sen. Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler; state Rep. Jason Ortitay, R-South Fayette; state Sen. Guy Reschenthaler, R-Jefferson Hills; state Rep. John Maher, R-Upper St. Clair, Potomac Mineral Group’s Tim Kotzman and Stephen Slaughter and small business owners Susan Castriota, Chris McMahon, Lori Cherup and Corina Diehl.

After the discussion, Ms. Trump met with working mothers of the company that hosted the event, Potomac Mineral Group. She asked employees what benefits they valued the most, and talked of her support of “policies and programs to support working families.”