President Trump is thanked by a family during a roundtable discussion on tax reform in West Virginia on Thursday.
"I just want to say thank you," Jessica Hodget said to the president in tears." I said I wasn’t going to cry. Gosh. I just want to say thank you to you for the tax cuts. This is a big deal for our family. I think half of this audience is our family. We really support you. And this is a big deal. These tax cuts are a big deal."
"My little 10-year-old wants to be president one day," she said.
"It will happen," Trump replied.
PRESIDENT TRUMP: Let’s go down toward the end, and you could talk a little bit and tell us about what’s going on. Go ahead.
MR. HODGE: All right. Hey, good morning, Mr. —
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you.
MR. HODGE: — or good afternoon, Mr. President. My name is Tony Hodge. I’m a rural mail carrier here in West Virginia. I have my wife Jessica with me, and my two sons — Hayden, he’s 10 and Lenin is 7. They’re waving at you right now. (Applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Beautiful. Great. Great looking.
MR. HODGE: We are here to thank you for signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Because of this act, my family has been able to save, this year, $2,417.
I want to tell you two quick ways of how we’ve used it. My wife and I, we’ve talked, we have a modest kitchen at home. We wanted to update the countertops. We’ve wanted to do this for a while. Last fall, we were talking about it. I said, “Well, let’s wait and see what happens with the tax plan.” I knew you wanted to have it passed by the end of the year. I said, “Let’s see what happens.”
The tax plan went through, the new year came around, the economy is rolling. We felt, because of the tax plan, confident as consumers, and we said, you know what, now is the time. We’re going to take what we have a little bit extra of, we’re going to go out, we’re going to update our home. That’s one way.
The other way is — you just spoke about the opioid epidemic. The part of West Virginia I’m from — Hurricane, it’s over near Charleston and Huntington — one of the most effective ways that we deal with the opioid epidemic is through our faith-based initiatives. And because I’m getting a little bit of extra money in my paycheck, and my wife as well, we are able to give a little bit more to our churches, to ministries. And we use these ministries to fight this epidemic going on. Ministering people — to people; we’re seeing them set free.
And when they’re set free and released from the bondage of their addiction, they are becoming productive members of society. They’re getting jobs. They’re restoring their families. They’re finding self-worth and dignity through gainful employment because of the work that our charitable organizations are doing. And we’re able to give into that.
So those are two ways that it’s directly affected my family. If, Jessica, my wife, would like to say something.
MRS. HODGE: I just want to say thank you. I said I wasn’t going to cry. (Laughter.) Gosh. I just want to say thank you to you for the tax cuts. This is a big deal for our family. I think half of this audience is our family. (Laughter.) We really support you. And this is a big deal. These tax cuts are a big deal.
Thank you for listening to us. Thank you for fighting for us. Thank you for caring enough to allow us the opportunity to come here and tell you “thank you” to your face. My boys — my little 10-year-old wants to be President one day. (Laughter and applause.)
THE PRESIDENT: Oh. It will happen. That’s fantastic. That’s a beautiful family.
MRS. HODGE: And I just thank you for the opportunity.
THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. So beautiful. Thank you very much. Great family. Thank you. Take good care of them, okay, boys? Take good care of them. (Applause.) Thank you.