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Trump’s ‘Red Team’ Is Having Regular Meetings on Tax Reform

The administration is learning from its haphazard approach to health care and is getting organized early for tax reform.

Donald Trump Red Team

The Trump administration is hosting regular meetings in the Roosevelt Room of the White House to strategize for the upcoming legislative battle over tax reform, according to Bloomberg.

A weekly “all-hands-on-deck” meeting has been taking place since late June according to those familiar with the planning. The group, which includes Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and members of Vice President Pence’s team, as well as Gary Cohn’s National Economic Council, calls itself the “Red Team,” a term that has a presidential history:

Inside the White House, the assemblage is known as “The Red Team,” a term used in former President George W. Bush’s administration for similar groups organized for major fights. It’s taken from military and corporate parlance for a team that explicitly tests strategy from an opponent’s perspective. But the Trump team is using the label more broadly to convey a sense of urgency and close coordination, the administration officials said.

The group is organized by Marc Short, the White House’s legislative affairs chief.

Trump will also take a prominent role in selling the tax package to the public. According to Bloomberg, he plans to hold a series of rallies, “concentrating on Midwestern swing states,” to raise awareness and support for the reforms.