During the Tuesday broadcast of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough criticized President Donald Trump for failing to get the Republican’s healthcare reform plan passed in the Senate.
“It’s much easier to stamp your name on buildings” than getting “significant legislation passed,” Scarborough said.
Scarborough, who recently announced that he was leaving the Republican Party and becoming an Independent, made his remarks following the announcement Monday night by GOP Sens. Jerry Moran (Kan.) and Mike Lee (Utah) that they would not support the current healthcare proposal to repeal and replace ObamaCare, rendering the effort a failure.
“What he’s actually finding is, as somebody said earlier this morning, that it’s much easier to stamp your name on buildings, on steaks and on online university courses than it is to actually reason in Washington, D.C. and get significant legislation passed,” Scarborough said to his co-host, Mika Brzezinski.
“And this was quite the failure, Mika, after he continued to promise he was going to get it done,” he said.
“You remember the Rose Garden celebration a couple of months ago? The president forgot that you have to pass it through the House and the Senate. So this is doubly humiliating for him this morning.”
In response to the latest developments with the Republican’s healthcare reform plans, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said late Monday that the Senate will now work on a straight repeal of ObamaCare and replace the legislation at a later date.
“In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period,” McConnell said in a statement.
The president weighed in on Twitter in support of McConnell’s revised strategy, noting that Democrats “will join in” if the healthcare legislation starts “from a clean slate.”
Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017
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