It would also mark the administration's first big legislative win, and the White House's push to overhaul the tax system comes as the president is once more dogged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into his campaign's alleged collusion with Russia. Mueller's office announced the indictments of former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and campaign staffer Rick Gates, as well as the secret guilty plea of former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, Monday.
The president's attention might be split in coming days as he embarks on a multi-stop Asia trip Friday, his longest visit abroad since taking office. But the tax push will continue in his absence, he said Tuesday, previewing a pro-tax plan blitz from cabinet members and top economic advisers that will include talking to tax payers, focusing on regional — "more credible" — media, and making the case for the plan.
The House will unveil its highly-anticipated tax plan on Wednesday.
Ali Vitali is a political reporter for NBC News, based in Washington.