In an interview with Fox News, President Trump revealed his current perspective on the Republican-controlled Congress and their handling of his major legislative priorities, including a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.
When asked by host Martha MacCallum how he felt about the Republicans’ management of big-issue legislation, Trump said, “I’m disappointed.”
MacCallum mentioned the possibility of a Friday vote on a new healthcare plan that GOP leaders ultimately decided not to hold, and asked Trump how he felt about the delay.
“I’m disappointed that it didn’t go a lot quicker.”
When speaking about congressional Republicans, Trump said, “I like them a lot. I have great relationships,” noting that he did not know most of the lawmakers prior to his election.
“I’ll tell you Paul Ryan’s trying very, very hard,” asserted Trump. “I think everybody is trying very hard. It is a very tough system.”
Trump’s remarks followed a push from the White House this week for a vote on a healthcare bill ahead of his 100th day in office.
In March, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to withdraw the American Health Care Act from congressional consideration after failing to convince a majority to vote for the legislation. The conservative House Freedom Caucus presented the strongest opposition to the bill.
The White House and congressional leaders urged lawmakers to continue crafting a healthcare measure that would win consensus from Republicans, and a new agreement was negotiated this week. Despite support from the Freedom Caucus, moderate Republicans opposed the new plan.
Some pundits argue that the failure to move a major healthcare overhaul out of the House leaves Trump without a major legislative accomplishment in his first 100 days.
The president views it differently.
“You know that’s been wrong, that’s really wrong. First of all, we had 28 bills,” Trump said. “I was with a reporter the other day who said the same thing: You didn’t pass anything. I said no, we passed 28 bills. And, by the way, tomorrow it could be 32.”
According to The Hill, “Thirteen of those measures roll back Obama-era regulations, but most others are small-scale measures that appoint personnel, name federal facilities or modify existing programs.”
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