Trump Explains Shifts on Taxes, Healthcare, Abortion

By Kate McCarthy

Apr 19, 2011 6:46am

Donald Trump shot back at the Club for Growth president for pointing out his flip-flops and dubbing him a “tax-hiking liberal” – something Trump said he’s never been called before.

“Me?  A liberal?  What is the Club for Growth and who are they supporting?…I had heard that they have a favored candidate, whoever that may be,” Trump told me.

I asked Trump about his previous positions such as supporting universal healthcare. He wrote that he is a “liberal” on this issue in his 2000 book “The America We Deserve.”

“It’s a long time ago.  It’s 11 or 12 years ago.  And frankly, a lot of people agreed with it.  A lot of conservative Republicans agreed with it, at that time.  We have a different country today.  We can’t afford things that we could have afforded or that we thought we could afford many years ago,” he told me.

So no more support for universal health care?

“I support health care for people.  I want people well taken care of.  But I also want health care that we can afford as a country.  I have people and friends closing down their businesses because of Obamacare,” Trump said.

“My plan now is to number one get rid of Obamacare,” he added.

Previously Trump called for a net worth tax of 14.25% on individuals worth more than $10 million. And now?

It was a “beautiful” idea at the time because it would have paid off the deficit, he said.

“I would have been in favor of it and I’m a wealthy guy.  I would have been in favor of doing it.  But you have to look at a point in time.  Now, we’re at a point where we are so fragile and so week economically as– as a country, it’s a very, very scary thing.  The last thing you can be do– is– doing is raising taxes,” he said.

Trump was also pro-choice before recently announcing his switch.  Why the change? Because of a friend, he said.

“He would– did not want a child and his wife didn’t want a child.  And they were going to abort.  And they didn’t do it for very complicated reasons,” Trump said. “And now they have the child.  And it’s the apple of his eye.  And he said, ‘Thank God.’  He changed also, by the way.  ‘Thank God, I didn’t do it.’ And I’ve seen that, and I’ve seen other things.  And I am pro-life.”

“The Donald” knows that if he goes through with a presidential run he’ll face some tough flip-flops ads – just as Mitt Romney did.

“Oh, I’m sure I will.  But you know what they get with me?  You know what they get with me?  They get a guy that’s not going to left the world rip off the United States,” he said.

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