Just days before Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan meet to bridge differences and unify the Republican Party, the billionaire businessman again broke GOP economic orthodoxy and one of his most prominent and earliest supporters said she would work to oust Mr. Ryan from his post.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Mr. Trump went beyond his disdain for free trade, long a linchpin of conservative thought. He also said he would be willing to raise taxes and that he favors increasing the minimum wage.
“We have to negotiate. The thing I’m going to do is make sure the middle class gets good tax breaks. For the wealthy, frankly, I think it’s going to go up. And it should go up,” he said in the interview, which was recorded Saturday and aired Sunday.
Also Sunday, former Alaska Gov. and 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced on CNN’s “State of the Union” that she would support Mr. Ryan’s primary opponent, businessman Paul Nehlen. She said the speaker’s political career is over because of his refusal to enthusiastically support Mr. Trump.
The news highlights deep divisions in the Republican Party, with many key GOP figures reluctant to throw their support behind Mr. Trump or, in some cases, vowing to never vote for him. Mrs. Palin last year became one of the first high-profile Republicans to endorse Mr. Trump.
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