Apr 12, 2017 - Health

Trump won't touch tax reform until healthcare passes

Evan Vucci / AP

Healthcare before tax reform: President Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that he won't start working on tax reform until the administration passes a new healthcare bill. "It's been very much misreported that we failed with healthcare. We haven't failed, we're negotiating," said Trump. (He's been saying "health care first" for weeks, but this shows he's not budging from that line, even as the House GOP bill remains completely stalled.)

Deadline for a new tax bill: Trump said he won't set a deadline on tax reform, since the media attacked him when the GOP missed the healthcare deadline, but "it's coming soon." He also noted that tax reform will "be tough" to pass, "but it won't be as tough as healthcare."

Border adjustment tax semantics: "I don't like the word 'adjustment'... when I hear border adjustment it means we lose," said Trump. But he is open to a border tax, "let's call it an import tax, a reciprocal tax... I love the idea of reciprocal, or a mirror tax... when you say reciprocal nobody fights you."

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