Trump Today: Trump Today: President says he won’t ‘own’ Obamacare failure

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    In the wake of the collapse of efforts of Senate Republicans to offer a replacement to the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he wouldn’t “own” the failure of Obamacare.

    ‘DISAPPOINTED’ AT THE SENATE

    Trump was clearly upset by the news that Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran on Monday night both said they wouldn’t support a motion to proceed on the Better Care Reconciliation Act, which brought to four the number of GOP senators who wouldn’t support the health legislation.

    Saying he was “disappointed,” Trump said the pair were not “disloyal” but “had their own reasons.”

    Reuters


    President Donald Trump speaks about health care during a meeting with service members at the White House.

    Alongside Vice President Mike Pence, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster and Colonel Joseph Wawrohis, Trump told reporters his plan was now “to let Obamacare fail, it will be a lot easier. And I think we’re probably in that position where we’ll let Obamacare fail. We’re not going to own it. I’m not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We’ll let Obamacare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us.”

    Read: Washington is taming Trump, not the other way around

    Trump had tweeted similar messages before.

    Also read: McConnell after health-bill defeat: ‘We will now try a different way’

    Trump wasn’t giving up on the rest of his agenda.

    “We’re going to win on taxes, we’re going to win on infrastructure and lots of other things that we’re doing.”

    He talked about “wins” on the border and against ISIS before again going back to complaining about Obamacare’s impact on premiums.

    Also read: 5 reasons why Republicans can’t pass an Obamacare repeal

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