The plan for $38 billion in spending cuts proposed by House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan and passed by the House on Friday will become a powerful bargaining chip for the Democrats in future dust-ups, potential presidential hopeful Donald Trump predicted Saturday.
“I don’t think Paul should be that far out there, and he’s very, very far out,” Trump told Newsmax.TV at the South Florida Tea Party’s third annual Tax Day Tea Party rally in Boca Raton, Fla. “The Democrats are going to use every single cut he’s making to anybody as a negative. And don’t forget, we have an election to win.”
It's not the size of the cuts that concerns Trump, who spoke with Newsmax before he was to take the stage for his headlining address at the event.
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“I just think that the 38 [billion] wasn’t a good number,” he said. “I think they could have gone a lot higher than that.”
Trump went on to discuss U.S. tax code, which he thinks should be overhauled.
“The whole tax code is ridiculous,” he said. “I spend millions a year on lawyers and accountants. … At a minimum we have to simplify the tax code. The process is ridiculous. It’s only good for lawyers and accountants.”
Asked if he thought the tea party movement was powerful enough to dictate the next Republican presidential candidate, Trump hedged a bit, but made it clear that he supports what they stand for and who they are: “I don’t know if they are, but they’re smart. They’re hard workers and they’re good for the country. I certainly hope they have an influence.”
The tax rally seemed more like a campaign stop, with Trump’s name on signs, T-shirts and buttons. The crowd responded raucously to the familiar themes in his headline address, during which he asserted that Barack Obama is the worst president in the history of the United States, and also revisited his questioning of the president’s place of birth. He affirmed other standard conservative stances, proclaiming he is against abortion and gun control, and that he wants to reverse Obama’s healthcare plan.
The major thread running through his talk was his wish to restore the country’s image in the eyes of the world.
"Considering the shape the United States is in right now, we need a competitor and a highly competent person to deal with what's going on,” he told the tea party faithful.
“If I run and win, our country will be respected again."
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