US President Donald Trump has just echoed the Democrats’ criticism of the Republican health care bill, admitting that the legislation which he publicly celebrated with a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden is indeed “mean.”
During a Sunday morning interview on Fox and Friends, Trump was asked about former POTUS Barack Obama’s Facebook post condemning the Republican health care plan, and the President replied by saying that his predecessor used the m-word after he originally did.
“He used my term: ‘mean,’” Trump said. “That was my term, because I want to see — and I speak from the heart — that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart.”
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Apparently, Trump already told Republican senators during a private meeting on Tuesday that the House bill was “mean” and unnamed congressional sources claimed he also said that the Senate version should be more generous as it did not go far enough in protecting Americans in the marketplace. But this contradicted the celebratory Rose Garden ceremony the White House held last month after the House passed the bill, which the President defended at the time as “incredibly well-crafted.”
Per Washington Post, Trump’s contradictory statements about the bill reflect just how divided Senate Republicans are on reforming health care in the United States. Some GOP Senators “want to send a message via a wholesale repeal of Obamacare” while others “want to cobble together a more passable bill with modest changes.”
The last time Republicans were asked about their stance, 4 already expressed their opposition although they were also open for amendments. Eleven are still reviewing but already have some concerns on varying aspects.
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