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Trump’s Minimum-Wage Reversal Is Latest Headache for Republicans

  • Party standard-bearer breaks again with Republican orthodoxy
  • Democrats have sought higher wage for years to no avail
Donald Trump.

Donald Trump.

Photographer: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Donald Trump reversed himself on a major policy plank Wednesday as he told reporters he now backs a $10-an-hour federal minimum wage, breaking with years of Republican orthodoxy and his party’s own platform.

“The minimum wage has to go up,” he said at a tumultuous news conference, saying it should go up to $10 from $7.25. He did say that “states should really call the shot,” but “at the same time, people have to be taken care of.”