On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer welcomed the opportunity to work with President Trump on creating a new health care bill.
Schumer appeared on ABC’s “This Week” to discuss Trump’s failed agenda in an initial attempt to repeal Obamacare. He stated that Trump will “lose again” on other parts of the conservative Republican agenda if it remains unchanged:
“If he changes, he could have a different presidency. But he’s going to have to tell the Freedom Caucus and the hard-right, special, wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency … he can’t work with them, and [then] we’ll certainly look at his proposals.”
Trump indicated on Twitter Sunday that he will be attempting to work with moderate Democrats on future legislative deals, ranging from budget fixes and tax cuts to health care. Trump even diverted blame for the failure of the health care law towards conservative Republicans.
In his tweet, the president wrote: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”
White House chief of staff Reince Priebus commented on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump felt “disappointed” with a “number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren’t” when the bill failed to pass. The healthcare legislation was about twenty votes short on conservative Freedom Caucus members who were vital to getting Trump’s bill in action.
“It’s time for the party to start governing,” Priebus said. “I think it’s time for our folks to come together, and I also think it’s time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board, as well.”
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