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'Everybody is getting a tax cut,' Trump says

By Allen Cone
'Everybody is getting a tax cut,' Trump says
Republican candidate for President Donald Trump on Monday said comments he made Sunday about the rich paying more taxes were misunderstood. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

NEW YORK, May 9 (UPI) -- Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said "everybody is getting a tax cut, especially the middle class" during an interview on CNN's New Day on Monday.

Trump was responding to interviewer Chris Cuomo noting earlier reports he planned to tax the wealthy.

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He said his comments Sunday were "misinterpreted."

"I said that I may have to increase it on the wealthy, I'm not going to allow it to be increased on the middle class," Trump continued.

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"Now, if I increase it on the wealthy, that means they're still going to pay less than they're paying now," he said. "I'm not talking about increasing from this point, I'm talking about increasing from my tax proposals."

Under Trump's tax plan, released last year, there would be four tax brackets, instead of the current seven. Single people earning less than $25,000 a year and married couples earning less than $50,000 a year would pay no income tax. In the three remaining brackets, taxpayers would pay either 10 percent, 20 percent or 25 percent -- the highest rate.

On ABC's This Week Trump said he expects his tax proposal would be a "different plan" after it's negotiated with Congress.

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On NBC's Meet the Press he said the rich are "probably going to end up paying more."

Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton slammed Trump's tax plans, saying in a statement, his "proposal to cut trillions in taxes for the top 1 percent would almost certainly come at the expense of working and middle class families."

Trump also attacked Clinton on Monday.

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He called her an "enabler" of her husband Bill's infidelity after she played the "woman's card" against him.

"It's only retribution for what she said. She is playing the woman's card to the hilt," Trump said. "She is going, I watched over the weekend, everything is about 'woman' and 'Donald Trump raised his voice.' And you know it's all nonsense. You know what? Women understand it better than anybody."

The next primary for both parties is Tuesday in West Virginia. Republicans also vote in Nebraska in a primary Tuesday.

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