Donald Trump acknowledged he may not get everything he puts on the table for his tax plan, the economy and the minimum wage. “By the time it gets negotiated, it’s going to be a different plan,” he said.
As a dealmaker, he knows you have starting points you’d like to have, but that you need to be flexible.
“We’ll submit the optimum. That’s what I’d like to get. We’ll fight for it. But from a practical standpoint, it’s going to get re-negotiated and, in my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat.”
He said he would be happy to pay more in taxes and seemed to indicate that was inevitable, even though his opening position in his tax plan is to lower the tax rates.
Trump made several comments in an interview on ABC News that seemed to be a noteworthy change from what he’s said in the campaign previously. Trump answered, “You need flexibility, George.”
Trump was asked his ‘bottom line on minimum wage,’ because it was noted that he has been ‘looking at it.’
Trump responded, “Well I am looking at it and I haven’t decided in terms of numbers. But I think people have to get more.” Throughout the primaries, Trump has been against increases in the minimum wage.
It was brought to Trump’s attention that this position was different than what he had been saying during the primaries, to which Trump responded, “Sure, it’s a change. I’m allowed to change. You need flexibility, George, whether it’s a tax plan, where you’re going – where you know you’re going to negotiate. But we’re going to come up with something. But my real minimum wage is going to be – I’m going to bring companies back in to this country, and they’re going to make a lot more than the $15, even.”
Listen to his interview. Did you expect this kind of practicality from Trump or do you feel he might be reneging on his campaign positions that you favored?