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Trump aides try to quash tax hike rumors amid infrastructure talks

Trump aides try to quash tax hike rumors amid infrastructure talks

Senior advisers have repeatedly downplayed the possibility in private meetings with fiscal conservatives who are expressing alarm.

Politico.com
By NANCY COOK and ANDREW RESTUCCIA
05/17/2019 06:49 PM EDT

The White House is reassuring conservative leaders that it has no plans to hike the gas tax to help fund a massive infrastructure package that President Donald Trump hopes to negotiate with Congress.

Both acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and Russ Vought, Trump’s budget director, have repeatedly downplayed the possibility in private meetings with fiscal conservatives who are expressing alarm that Trump might embrace a massive tax increase. Concerns have specifically centered around a potential gas tax boost, an idea that Trump has flirted with during his presidency.

“It is my understanding that they are not going to be agreeing to any tax increases,” said Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist in an interview. Norquist said he has discussed the matter with White House officials in recent days, but did not disclose specifics. He was spotted at the White House on Friday, where he attended a meeting with Vought in which conservative leaders discussed upcoming spending battles, according to two attendees... FULL ARTICLE

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