President Donald Trump’s confidence that Republicans’ bill to repeal and replace Obamacare will pass in the House appeared to falter Friday morning.
Reporters asked Trump during a meeting with his economic council what he would do if the American Health Care Act failed. The President did not deny that the legislation would fail, or give a concrete answer—he simply said “we’ll have to see.”
When a reporter followed up asking if he thought the bill would pass, Trump again said, “we’ll see.”
Trump’s circumspection was a sharp departure from the White House’s line just a day earlier. During his daily press briefing Thursday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer seemed confident that the vote would happen that day and that it would pass.
Obviously, the vote did not place Thursday, and Trump appeared to be one of the last people to find out about the delay. By the time he told reporters that the House would vote later Thursday evening, reports were already flying that the vote would not take place until Friday.
He did seem confident about one thing: when a reporter asked if he rushed into tackling healthcare, he mouthed “no.”