Vice President of the US postpones tour of the Middle East
The Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, shakes hands with President Donald Trump (I) before speaking about his security strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, on December 18, 2017.
The vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, postponed a tour of the Middle East, which included stops in Israel and Egypt, reported the White House on Monday, at a time when Congress is preparing to vote on the tax reform.
The trip, which was due to start on Tuesday, was postponed until mid-January, which allows Pence to remain in Washington in case his vote in Congress is necessary to break a closed vote on the reform.
“The vote on the tax reform is still very good, but we do not want to take risks of any kind,” said a senior government official.
The Senate is expected to vote on the reform on Tuesday or early Wednesday.
The return of Senator John McCain to his home in Arizona to fight cancer left the Republicans with a slim margin.
With the absence of McCain, the Republicans – who have a majority of 52 to 48 in the upper house – can only have one more defection to approve the bill. In the House of Representatives, on the other hand, the Republican majority is much more comfortable.
No democrat or independent approves that initiative that cuts taxes of companies and people and that Trump wants to approve before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, officials denied that the decision to postpone Pence’s tour was motivated by the protests generated by President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel.