President Donald Trump said Wednesday he won’t support a plan to raise the nation’s gas tax if Congress cannot agree on a $1.4 trillion tax overhaul.
The tax bill is expected to be approved by Congress by the end of the week, but Trump has said that if Democrats do not agree to the package, he will veto it.
“We’re going to put the gas tax back down,” Trump said.
Trump told reporters on Air Force One that he would veto a tax bill that includes a tax increase, but added, “I’m going to veto a bill that has a gas tax increase.”
The president’s comments were his first since he spoke with reporters Wednesday, and they came as Trump prepares to unveil a new infrastructure plan that would include a plan for building roads, bridges and railways.
Trump said that, “If we can’t get along, we’re not going to get along.”
He did not elaborate on what the plan might look like.
“I’m not going into details of what we’re going do,” he said.
Trump also said that he is “absolutely” willing to negotiate with the Democrats on a tax cut.
“We have been trying to get something done, but I’ve had to fight for it,” Trump told reporters.
“And if we can get it done, I will sign it.
But I’m willing to go back and negotiate.”
Trump also dismissed a suggestion that the president is willing to cut taxes to pay for the tax plan, which he has called “mean” for the middle class.
“It’s a horrible thing,” Trump continued.
“I think it’s very unfair to the middle-class and the poor.”
Trump’s tax proposal would give the wealthiest Americans a big tax cut, while giving the middle and working class a big cut.
The White House has said the plan would be paid for by a $4 trillion infrastructure plan.
“The American people want this to be paid, not by a tax hike on the middle or working class, but by the middle, working class,” Trump added.