President Donald Trump wants Senator Rand Paul on his side when it comes to tax reforms. It is easier said than done. The Senator is known for two characteristics: he is a libertarian and he is also a person unswayed by others' convictions, preferring to listen to his own. The GOP from Kentucky was an outspoken candidate in opposing the Republican Party leadership backed Affordable Care Act (ACA) repeal and replace bill. The healthcare agenda of Republicans were also smashed by the Graham-Cassidy plan. Many GOPs are worried that the 'normally' contrarian Paul will stop tax reforms by loud criticism of the work. Things have come to such a pass that Republicans automatically makes the assumption that he is going to be negative on everything.
The Senator's view
Paul explained his stance saying that the bill at the present stage involves a tax hike for the middle class. If this happens, it can be a huge problem. If the taxes imposed on the rich get reduced and if the poor also get the benefit of fewer taxes, then the levies must be raised for others to garner revenues.
Officials at the White House are increasingly frustrated with Senator Paul's stance. They regard him as a person hell-bent on stopping the agenda set by Trump. The President himself has called up Paul multiple times and assured advisers that the latter will finally support the President-backed bill. On the other hand, Paul has repeatedly proved that he has no problem opposing Trump. He went against the President on healthcare, the Afghanistan war, and weapon sales to foreign clients.
Things are coming to a head in the near future. The budget will be examined for tax reform by the Senate in the middle of October. Paul has already sent a few signals that he will vote against such plans. This was the identical strategy he followed when he went against the ACA repeal in January. Paul was the only GOP to oppose the step. In an interview, he said the same, elaborating that he is yet to make any decision concerning both the tax plan blueprint and the budget. However, the Senator vehemently criticized the Trump championed tax proposals.
President Trump's advisers have told him not to depend on the Republican Senator when it comes to supporting the tax bill. The president, however, would not accept such a predicament. The White House has spoken with Paul about tax reform and is trying to make him agree to the proposals.