WASHINGTON - Russian flags were cast at U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday as he headed for talks with Republican senators to try to build a consensus for proposed tax cuts in a meeting that was overshadowed by an exchange of insults between the president and one of the lawmakers.
A man who identified himself as Brain Clayton from a group called "Americans take Action" was taken into custody after he continued to shout "Why are you doing tax cuts when you should be talking about treason."
Trump has asked his fellow Republicans who control Congress to pass a package of tax cuts, including a deep reduction in the corporate income tax, by year's end.
Hours before he was to promote the tax plan at a weekly lunch for Republican senators on Capitol Hill, Trump engaged in a distracting tussle with one of those lawmakers: Bob Corker, a leading fiscal hawk and the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Democrats, who are in the minority, and some Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, want to investigate Russia's role in the 2016 election, as well as allegations that Trump's team colluded with the Kremlin. Moscow has denied meddling in the election and Trump has denied collusion.