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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 16:59

Trump says rich may pay higher taxes, after bipartisan meeting with House moderates

Written by  USA Today

WASHINGTON – President Trump is once again trying his hand at bipartisanship – even suggesting on Wednesday that rich people may be taxed higher under a plan he would negotiate with congressional Democrats. 

After meeting with moderate members of Congress on Wednesday, Trump said he expects wealthy Americans to be "pretty much where they are" under a new tax plan – but it's possible their tax bills could increase.

"If they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly," Trump told reporters after meeting with a group of Democratic and Republican House members who could hold the balance of power on close votes.

Trump's comments could open another rift with Republicans, who oppose tax hikes. But Trump’s eagerness to strike a deal on tax reform may mean he’s willing to align himself with Democrats. 

As part of his tax push, Trump also scheduled a private dinner at the White House on Wednesday with congressional Democratic leaders, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California. 

The meetings come just one week after his debt ceiling agreement with the Democratic leaders Trump somewhat affectionately called "Chuck and Nancy" angered some Republicans and scrambled the expectations for their legislative strategy through the end of the year.

Buoyed by last week's deal, Trump appeared confident about an even bigger agreement over taxes.

Read more at USA Today

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