Senators who met with President Trump at the White House Tuesday night said Trump is intent on passing a middle class tax cut, and said well-off taxpayers may end up paying a little bit more under the reform plan that should be released in the coming weeks.
"The president stressed that he wants this to be a middle class tax cut," said Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., on MSNBC. "The president is all in on this."
"What the president has made it very clear is this is got to be about middle-income taxpayers, and that high-income earners, although they may get some rate reduction, they're going to lose a lot of deductions," Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. said on MSNBC. "He indicated some may end up paying more."
Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., was one of three Democrats who was invited to the meeting, and he agreed that Trump is aiming to help the middle class.
"We're talking about middle class, main street," said Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., on MSNBC. "That's what they were talking about."
Manchin said he believed Democrats could get on board with Trump's plan, although the details are still being worked out.
"Oh, I think so," he said. "Just look around the country and look at our map and see who we are, where we come from."
Many Democrats weren't at the White House meeting, including Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee. Toomey said Wyden wasn't there because he has come out against Trump's push for tax reform, and indicated it wouldn't make sense to invite Wyden to the meeting when he has already said he doesn't support the plan.
The two other Democrats there, Sens. Heide Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Donnelly of Indiana each said they had a "good" talk at the White House.