Trump on Taxes for Rich: 'By the Time It's Negotiated, They'll Go Up'

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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop on May 2, 2016, in South Bend, Indiana.Charles Rex Arbogast / AP

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By Ali Vitali

Donald Trump said Sunday that he expects taxes on the rich to "go up a little bit" if he becomes president. Not as outlined in his plan as it stands right now, but the notorious deal-maker is willing to "negotiate."

"On my plan they're going down. But by the time it's negotiated, they'll go up," Trump told ABC's "This Week."

The GOP front-runner, whose tax plan as it stands right now offers tax cuts across the board, especially for wealthier Americans, said he doesn’t "mind paying more tax."

He noted, "I am willing to pay more. And you know what? Wealthy are willing to pay more. We’ve had a very good run."

But when pressed on this being a departure from his original plan, Trump rebuffed the idea of a change. “It’s not a change,” Trump clarified. “It’s a negotiation.”

He later added: “By the time it gets negotiated, it’s gonna be a different plan ... we’re gonna submit the optimum. That’s what I’d like to get and we’ll fight for it. But from a practical standpoint, it's gonna get renegotiated. In my opinion, the taxes for the rich will go up somewhat."

It's not the first time, however, that Trump has indicated that taxes might go up in his administration — and certainly not the first time he has reversed, or "clarified," a policy position.