Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Sunday appeared to reverse his campaign position against higher taxes for the nation's wealthy by saying the richest American may actually have to pay more to the government. In addition, Trump said he supports a higher minimum wage, which he strongly opposed in November.
“I came up with the biggest tax cut by far of any candidate,” he said Sunday on NBC's “Meet the Press.”
“But we have to negotiate. I put in my plan, but that's a floor. I don't believe that's going to be the final plan. I feel less concerned with the rich than for the middle class.”
When Chuck Todd, the show's host, responded that these statements amount to a reversal of his earlier campaign position, Trump denied it, saying that his earlier comments amounted to an opening negotiating position.
"It's called 'life,' Chuck," he said.
Trump also appeared to reverse his opposition to a hike in the minimum wage, saying that while he did indeed express opposition to a higher minimum wage his campaigning has caused him to change his perspective.
"I've been seeing what's been going on, and I don't know how people make it on $7.25 [an hour]," he said. "I think people should get more, but I'd rather have the states go out and do what they have to do" than have the federal government implement a higher minimum wage.