President Donald Trump was reportedly skimpy on the details of the now-failed American Health Care Act in a meeting with conservative Republicans Thursday, apparently telling them to “forget about the little shit,” multiple unnamed sources told Politico.
The report described a meeting that Trump had with members of the Freedom Caucus, in which members pelted him with “wonkish concerns” about specific aspects of the Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. Trump cut them off, according to the report, wanting to keep it simple.
“Forget about the little shit,” Trump said, unnamed sources told Politico.”Let’s focus on the big picture here.”
That reportedly did not sit well with members in attendance.
“We’re talking about one-fifth of our economy,” an unnamed member told Politico’s Tim Alberta.
The report is in line with others that have said Trump does not like to be bogged down with many details and prefers short intelligence briefings made up of bullet points.
Members of the Freedom caucus reportedly also took issue with Trump when he apparently “called out” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) during a meeting earlier that week with the GOP conference, joking that he may have to “come after” Meadows if he didn’t vote for the bill. He then reportedly said that he thought Meadows, a longtime Trump ally would “get on board.”
“That was the biggest mistake the president could have made,” an unnamed Freedom Caucus member told Politico. “Mark desperately wanted to get to yes, and Trump made it impossible for him. If he flipped after that he would look incredibly weak.
Ultimately, Freedom Caucus members, as well as some moderate Republicans, did not get on board with the legislation, which was pulled on Friday after not getting enough support.