Trump talks about health with Republican critic on golf course

© Reuters. Senator Rand Paul speaks to the media about repealing Obamacare after playing golf with US President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington.

By Jan Pytalski

STERLING, Va. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Sunday toyed with a vocal Republican critic of his push for health care, as he insisted that efforts to repeal and replace President Barack Obama‘s signature health law were not dead. .

Senator Rand Paul and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney joined the president at the Trump National Golf Club on the outskirts of Washington. The trio were “discussing a variety of topics, including health,” said White House deputy press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

The exit came hours after Trump tweeted that talks to rework the country’s health law were still ongoing.

“Anyone (especially the fake news media) who thinks the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare is dead does not know the love and strength of the R Party.” Trump tweeted early Sunday.

“The talks on the revocation and replacement of ObamaCare are, and have been, and will continue until an agreement is reached,” he added in a second message.

Republican-led efforts to replace Obama’s health care bill fell apart 10 days ago after Republican leaders in the House of Representatives had to withdraw their own legislation before a vote due to insufficient support from conservative and moderate members. of his own party.

Trump had worked to pass the bill, but Paul had been a prominent critic and aligned himself with the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group that helped torpedo Trump’s first major legislative effort.

On Thursday, Trump had threatened to defeat members of the group in next year’s congressional elections if they continued to defy him.

In an interview published Sunday by the Financial Times, Trump insisted he wanted a healthcare bill passed and said he would turn his back on the Freedom Caucus and negotiate with Democrats if that’s what it takes.

“If we don’t get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats,” he said.

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