Clinton camp takes fresh shots at Trump's tax proposal

Story highlights

  • Hillary Clinton's campaign is taking some of its first policy shots at its new presumptive Republican opponent on taxes
  • A Clinton surrogate says, "This is the most risky, reckless and regressive tax proposal ever put forward"

Washington (CNN)Hillary Clinton's campaign is attacking presumptive Republican opponent Donald Trump -- this time on his tax plan, even as the billionaire businessman struggles to find his footing on the issue.

Clinton aides on Monday blasted Trump's tax proposal as overwhelmingly advantaging the wealthiest Americans, with Clinton's policy brass arguing that Trump's cuts in tax rates are not as equitable as he claims.
    "This is the most risky, reckless and regressive tax proposal ever put forward by any major presidential candidate," Gene Sperling, the former director of the National Economic Council, told reporters on a conference call. Top Clinton policy adviser Jake Sullivan also joined the call.
    Trump set off alarm bells Sunday when he suggested that he could raise taxes on the wealthy, which is largely out of step with the Republican platform. He worked Monday to clarify that he would still provide a cut in the rate from current levels.
    "If I increase it on the wealthy, they're still going to pay less than they pay now," Trump told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" on Monday morning. "I'm not talking about increasing from this point. I'm talking about increasing from my tax proposal."