Another flip flop stance on minimum wage. Memo to the Donald: The issue is raising the federal minimum wage not the state minimum wages..
Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee, said Sunday that “people have to get more,” after spending time on the campaign trail striking down the possibility of a minimum wage hike.
“I am looking at it, and I haven’t decided in terms of numbers. But I think people have to get more,” Trump said on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Trump has said that the wages were too high in the country, notably at a debate in November. Trump told ABC host George that it was a different opinion than previously expressed.
“Sure, it’s a change. I’m allowed to change,” he said. “But my real minimum wage is going to be — I’m going to bring companies back into this country, and they’re going to make a lot more than the $15 even.”
Trump acknowledged on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that he wanted to just have the states decide.
“And I don’t know how people make it on $7.25 an hour. Now, with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude,” Trump said. “But I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide.”
“I am willing to pay more, and you know what, the wealthy are willing to pay more.”
Trump’s tax proposal, released last September, included broad tax breaks for businesses and households. He proposed reducing the highest income-tax rate to 25 percent from the current 39.6 percent rate.
Pressed on the contradiction between his latest comments on taxes and the September tax plan, Trump said that he expected his original proposal was a “a concept” and he expected that it would be changed following negotiations with Congress.
“By the time it gets negotiated, it’s going to be a different plan,” Trump told ABC. He emphasized in interviews with both ABC and in a separate interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press” that his priorities were lowering taxes on the middle class and businesses.
“The middle class has to be protected,” Trump told NBC. “The rich is probably going to end up paying more.” (Additional reporting by Dustin Volz; Editing by Caren Bohan and Digby Lidstone)