President Donald Trump said Friday that he was “disappointed” with congressional Republicans, especially over the failed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“Are you disappointed with how the Republicans have handled these big issues?” Fox News’ Martha MacCallum asked Trump Friday, in a clip released by the network.
“Yeah, I’m disappointed,” Trump interrupted.
“Health care went down the first time, and there was some suggestion it might happen today, but now it’s not going to happen,” MacCallum continued.
“I’m disappointed that it doesn’t go quicker,” Trump said. “I like them a lot, I have great relationships. Don’t forget, most of them I didn’t even know. But many of them, like the Freedom Caucus came, and I see them all the time, ‘We love our President, we’re doing this for our President.’ You look at that, you look at the moderates, the same thing.”
“I’m disappointed,” he continued. “I’ll tell you, Paul Ryan’s trying very, very hard. I think everybody’s trying very hard. It is a very tough system.”
Despite his frequent boasts as a deal-maker, Trump has hit walls on nearly all of his major agenda items in his first 100 days in office, including a pledge to repeal and replace Obamacare. Republicans decided Thursday not to attempt a second vote on a health care bill, which was originally pulled last month after failing to secure enough votes.
Trump himself said Thursday in an interview with Reuters that he thought being President “would be easier” than his life as a reality TV producer and star real estate developer.
When Republicans’ first effort at a health care bill failed, in late March, it reportedly came after Trump abruptly decided to set a deadline on negotiations within the party.
The Thursday night before the bill failed to get enough Republican support to justify a vote in the House of Representatives, White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told legislators, CNN reported, that Republicans would be “stuck with Obamacare” if they failed to reach consensus by Friday.
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