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Ivanka Trump visits Pittsburgh to talk tax cuts, small business

| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 11:03 a.m.
Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump leads a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Seated next to Trump are Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone and Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Association.
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Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump leads a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Seated next to Trump are Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone and Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Association.
Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump talks to Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump talks to Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Yong Saccone, wife of Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone, takes a photo during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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Yong Saccone, wife of Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone, takes a photo during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump speaks during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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Presidential adviser Ivanka Trump speaks during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone listens during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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Pennsylvania State Rep. Rick Saccone listens during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Association (right), talks as she sits next to presidential adviser Ivanka Trump during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.
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Linda McMahon, administrator of the Small Business Association (right), talks as she sits next to presidential adviser Ivanka Trump during a small-business roundtable discussion at Potomac Mineral Group in Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018.

Ivanka Trump, first daughter and presidential adviser, visited Mt. Lebanon on Tuesday for a roundtable discussion to tout the effects of her father's tax cuts for small-business owners.

The roughly hourlong event, which included Small Business Administration leader Linda McMahon, was held at the Washington Road offices of Potomac Mineral Group. State elected officials and small-business owners also took part in the discussion, including auto dealer Corina Diehl and cookware maker Susan Castriota.

President Trump's Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows people to deduct up to 20 percent of their "pass-through earnings," where someone pays taxes on their business's income at the individual income tax rates. Many small-business owners claim their business earnings as pass-through income, but so can real estate investors, lawyers, doctors, accountants and others.

The meeting took place within Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, where Republican State Sen. Rick Saccone is facing Democrat Conor Lamb, a former federal prosecutor, in a March 13 special election for the seat formerly held by Congressman Tim Murphy.

Saccone participated in the roundtable and was seated to Ivanka Trump's right.

This marked the third Trump administration event in Western Pennsylvania this year, after Donald Trump visited H&K Equipment in North Fayette to extol his tax plan Jan. 18 — though he only briefly mentioned Saccone — and Vice President Mike Pence attended a Saccone fundraiser in Bethel Park on Feb. 2.

President Trump is scheduled to visit Ambridge Area High School in Beaver County on Feb. 21.

Matthew Santoni is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6660, msantoni@tribweb.com or on Twitter @msantoni.

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