President Trump fired off a string of tweets about health care while in France, where he is visiting French President Emmanuel Macron.
Trump released the burst of health care tweets as he headed over to Friday’s Bastille Day Parade, visibly increasing pressure on Republican lawmakers to fulfill his longtime campaign promise to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
“Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved,” Trump tweeted. “I will be at my desk, pen in hand!”
Republicans Senators are working hard to get their failed ObamaCare replacement approved. I will be at my desk, pen in hand!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 14, 2017
Trump singled out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who has struggled to gain enough GOP support to pass the health care legislation through the Republican-controlled Senate. The president warned Republican lawmakers that after seven years of “O’Care disaster” that they “must come through” and pass the bill.
“So impt Rep Senators, under leadership of @SenateMajLdr McConnell get healthcare plan approved. After 7yrs of O’Care disaster, must happen! After all of these years of suffering thru ObamaCare, Republican Senators must come through as they have promised!” Trump wrote.
Trump also praised Vice President Mike Pence, who worked to pass the House version of the legislation. The president’s tweets about the vice president reportedly came as Trump stepped out of his limo.
“.@VP Mike Pence is working hard on HealthCare and getting our wonderful Republican Senators to do what is right for the people,” Trump tweeted.
POTUS is tweeting about Pence while stepping out of his limo. Whatta town!
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 14, 2017
Senate Republicans unveiled the latest draft of the health care legislation on Thursday. Because Democrats have maintained a united front against the bill, McConnell can only afford to lose two GOP votes in order to pass the bill with Pence’s tie-breaking vote.
So far, two GOP senators have publicly announced their opposition to the Thursday version of bill. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., have even said they will vote against the motion to proceed on the legislation.
Still deep cuts to Medicaid in Senate bill. Will vote no on MTP. Ready to work w/ GOP & Dem colleagues to fix flaws in ACA.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) July 13, 2017
The health care bill doesn't sound much like repeal to me. Let’s stop them. Now. https://t.co/7wHBrxYzam
— Rand Paul (@DrRandPaul) July 12, 2017
Trump is scheduled to return from France later in the day Friday.
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