After defeat on Obamacare, Trump advisers want him to delay another campaign pledge

One of President Trump’s economic advisers, a co-author of his tax plan, is urging the administration to delay efforts to make child care more affordable. The advice comes days after Trump failed to persuade the Republican-dominated Congress to repeal and replace Obamacare, a core campaign promise.

Steven Moore, a policy analyst at the conservative Heritage Foundation, said the White House can nab an early win with tax reform — by perhaps opting for a politically safer package.

“Trump needs a victory,” Moore said. “Individual tax reform is really hard to do. It’s politically risky, even though it’s the right thing to do.”

Trump could focus instead on corporate tax reform this year, he said, and tackle the individual system in 2018. Such an approach could more quickly slash business expenses nationwide, but working parents would have to wait longer for tax-deductible day care, another campaign pledge.

“Obviously,” Moore said, “child care wouldn’t have a place in that.”