Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has publicly said he would not support a tax increase, but Grover Norquist, president of the Americans for Tax Reform, says the candidate has yet to commit to his comments by signing a pledge to never raise taxes.
Speaking to CNN’s “Party People,” Norquist said, “If asked, the answer is Trump has not made the commitment in writing.” Norquist acknowledged that Trump has publicly said he would not support a tax increase and called his tax plan “fine,” but was concerned that the GOP nominee may not stick to his word.
“He’s also publicly said things and then publicly said he did not say those things,” Norquist said. “That is why we want it in writing for everyone.”
Norquist said he does expect Trump to sign the pledge eventually.
The 30-year-old Taxpayer Protection Pledge asks federal and state candidates for elected offices to sign a pledge promising that they will never vote for a tax increase. More than 90% of the Republicans in Congress have signed the pledge, Norquist said.
Norquist said he and Corey Lewandowski, former Trump campaign manager, had discussed the pledge earlier in the year and it was understood that Trump would sign. Lewandowski left the campaign shortly after the conversation.
Aside from Trump, Norquist said, the only other hold out was Jeb Bush.