Trump said he expects wealthy Americans to be "pretty much where they are" under a new tax plan – but it's possible their tax bills could increase.
"If they have to go higher, they'll go higher, frankly," Trump told reporters after meeting with a group of Democratic and Republican House members who could hold the balance of power on close votes.
Trump also scheduled a private dinner at the White House with congressional Democratic leaders, Sen. Charles Schumer of New York and Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California.
The meetings come just one week after his debt ceiling agreement with the Democratic leaders Trump somewhat affectionately called "Chuck and Nancy" angered some Republicans and scrambled the expectations for their legislative strategy through the end of the year – including their opposition to any tax hike as part of a reform package.
Buoyed by last week's deal, Trump appeared confident about an even bigger agreement over taxes.
“The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan," Trump said. "We are looking for the middle class and we are looking for jobs – jobs being the economy. So we’re looking at middle class and we’re looking at jobs."
I think this is good news. We need to be worried about the deficit, not cutting taxes for the rich. If trump can get a budget passed with bipartisan support that would be great news. Our budget cannot be lifting the debt ceiling every couple months.