Trump says he wants tax cuts for middle class, not just rich Americans

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U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (2ndL) while receiving a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks between first lady Melania Trump and Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (2ndL) while receiving a briefing on Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Fort Myers, Florida, U.S., September 14, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

President Donald Trump says he wants to cut taxes to help middle-class Americans, not rich ones.

He told reporters Thursday in Florida that his tax cut plans are “not to benefit the wealthy.” His plans include reducing individual taxes and lowering the corporate rate to 15 percent.

Trump seems to be backpedaling on comments Wednesday, when he suggested rates could go higher for rich people. Trump said then, “if they have to go higher, they’ll go higher, frankly.”

He didn’t say that Thursday, and he emphasized that wealthy Americans are not his priority. Trump said that “the individual rate coming down will be substantial for the middle class,” adding those are the Americans he aims to “take care of.”

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