Trump Changes Mind on Minimum Wage: 'I Don't Know How People Make It on $7.25 an Hour'

Susan Jones | May 9, 2016 | 7:02am EDT
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a plane-side rally in a hanger at Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport in Vienna, Ohio on March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

( - Republican Donald Trump says he's changed his mind about raising the minimum wage, but he wants the states, not the federal government, to do it.

"Let me just tell you, I've been traveling the country for many months, since June 16th. I'm all over," Trump told NBC's "Meet the Press."

"I have seen what's going on, and I don't know how people make it on $7.25 an hour. Now, with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude, but I'd rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide, because don't forget, the states have to compete with each other...So I like the idea of let the states decide. But I think people should get more. I think they're out there, they're working. It is a very low number.

"You know, with what's happened to the economy, with what's happened to the costs, I mean it's just -- I don't know how you live on $7.25 an hour. But I would say let the states decide."

Interviewed on ABC's "This Week," Trump admitted his views on raising the minimum wage have changed since he won the Republican primary.

"Well, sure it's a change," he said. "I'm allowed to change. You need flexibility...whether it's a tax plan where you're going to -- where, you know, you're going to negotiate."

Trump wouldn't give a number, but said he's looking at raising the wage, and "we're going to come up with something."

"But my real minimum wage is going to be -- I'm going to bring companies back into this country, and they're (employees) going to make a lot more than the $15 even. They're going to make a lot more than that. That's what I want to do..."

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