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North Carolina's Role In The Trump Administration

Donald Trump speaks at press conference
AP/Evan Vucci, File
Then President-elect Donald Trump speaks at a news conference in the lobby of Trump Tower Jan 11, 2017. It came as news to most congressional Republicans, that President Donald Trump wants to change their tax plan. He's tapping NC representatives to help.

North Carolina Republicans could have a bigger role in the Trump administration's policies than they anticipated.

President Trump recently approached Rep. Mark Meadows, chair of the House's far-right Freedom Caucus, about revamping the tax code. Presidents usually take such matters to the House's Ways and Means Committee in the early stages of the process.

Meanwhile, President Trump is indicating that a new  executive order on immigration could be unveiled any day. And Rep. Walter Jones becomes the first Republican to sign onto a Democratic proposal for an independent commission to investigate the extent of Russia's interference with the 2016 election.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Geoff Bennett, Washington reporter for Time Warner Cable News, about the latest from Capitol Hill.

Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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