Trump on taxes, ISIS, health care and being more popular than supermodels

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Donald Trump previewed at least a portion of the tax plan he says he’ll roll out in the coming days in a wide-ranging interview on 60 Minutes that aired Sunday.

So what will tax rates look like under a President Trump?

“Substantial reduction for the middle-income people, because our middle class, Scott, is being absolutely decimated,” Trump told CBS News’ Scott Pelley.

“Some very wealthy are going to be raised,” he added. “Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised.” He wouldn’t get into numbers, saying those would come in the next two days. He did note, though, that under his plan “there will be a large segment of our country that will have a zero rate” and that tax cuts for the middle class would be “significant.”

Some portions of the interview had already been released by CBS in the days leading up to Sunday’s show, such as Trump calling the North American Free Trade Agreement a “disaster” that he would either renegotiate or “break.”

In the segment that aired Sunday night, Pelley asked Trump about Obamacare.

“Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced,” Trump said. “Obamacare is a disaster.”

That’s not exactly a surprising thing to hear from a leading Republican presidential candidate, but Trump followed that with what he acknowledged was an “un-Republican thing for me to say” pledging “to take care of everybody” when it comes to health care.

How will he do that? He said he’d cut a deal with hospitals to take care of everyone, and that “the government’s gonna pay for it, but we’re going to save so much money on the other side,” though he also suggested that “for the most part, it’s going to be a private plan.”

As for foreign policy, Pelley asked Trump how he’d combat the Islamic State.

“These people are totally a disaster,” he said.

Trump said, when it came to the terror group’s presence in Syria, the Obama administration had the wrong approach. Rather than actively target them now, he said the U.S. should let the Islamic State and President Bashar al-Assad’s forces fight between themselves, then come in after.

He also suggested another way: “Maybe let Russia do it. Let’em get rid of ISIS. What the hell do we care?”

As for the Islamic State’s presence in Iraq, he called for a more aggressive approach, saying “you got to knock them out.” He added that ground troops should be used if necessary.

Nearly any extended discussion of Trump inevitably turns to the man himself and his larger-than-life persona.

Pelley noted that all the magazines on the desk in Trump’s office feature Trump on the cover, while his walls are adorned with nothing but his own image.

“It’s cheaper than wallpaper,” the billionaire businessman deadpanned, before offering this explanation for his ubiquitous media presence.

“I’m on a lot of covers,” he said. “I think maybe more than almost any supermodel. I think more than any supermodel. But in a way, that’s a sign of respect.”


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