After previously proposing to reduce taxes on all Americans, Donald Trump back-peddled Sunday when he said he was open to raising taxes on wealthy Americans.
On ABC’s “This Week”, Trump said, “I am willing to pay more and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more”.
Trump pledged to unify the party behind him after sealing the Republican presidential nomination last week when his two remaining rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, suspended their campaign.
However, prominent Republicans are reluctant to pledge their support for the New York billionaire. Republicans such as Paul Ryan, the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives, are at odds with some of his plans, including his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States.
Ryan, and many other pro-business Republicans also disagree with Trump’s fiercely anti-trade rhetoric.
Sarah Palin, former Republican vice president candidate and Trump supporter, underscored the parties division when she vowed Sunday to work to defeat Ryan in his Aug. 9 Wisconsin primary race against a conservative businessman.
Palin criticized Ryan on CNN’s “State of the Union” for saying he was not yet ready to endorse Trump.
“Paul Ryan and his ilk, their problem is that they become so disconnected from the people they are elected to represent as evidenced by Paul Ryan’s refusal to support the GOP front runner that we just said, ‘He’s our man.'”
Ryan hoped to eventually support Trump, but wanted to make sure that he shared their conservative values. “I’m just not there yet”, he said.
When Trump released his tax proposal last September, it included broad tax breaks for businesses and households. It also included reducing the highest income-tax rate from the current 39.6 percent to 25 percent.
When asked about the differences between his latest comments on taxes and his original plan, Trump said that the original was proposed as “a concept” and he expected changes after negotiating with Congress.
Trump told both ABC and NBC in separate interviews that his priorities were to lower taxed on businesses and the middle class.
Trump told NBC, “The middle class has to be protected. The rich is probably going to end up paying more.”