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Donald Trump blamed Democrats in Congress for the failure of the Republican health care bill, then promoted in advance a Fox News criticism of House Speaker Paul Ryan. Now he has criticised conservative Republicans.
But Trump has been criticised for his lack of knowledge of details of the bill, with suggestions that he didn’t care about it.
On Friday, House Speaker Paul Ryan canceled the final vote for the ObamaCare replacement bill, upon concluding he didn’t have enough votes despite the chamber’s GOP majority.
Ryan, R-Wis., was purportedly about 20 votes short of the requisite 216, amid strong opposition from the chamber’s conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has 30 to 40 Republican members.
The conservative groups The Heritage Foundation and the fiscally conservative Club for Growth group also opposed the overall plan, written by Ryan and his leadership team and backed by Trump.
Perhaps it was an attempt to embarrass Ryan, but if the White House deliberately sabotaged the bill that would be of very dubious benefit to themselves and Trump, who had campaigned strongly on ditching Obamacare.
It looks like a White House/GOP disaster, and a bad start to Trump’s presidency.
What was it? Incompetence or serious GOP dysfunction?
Ex GOP chairman and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus has joined the blame game and suggests a GOP own goal.
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus on Sunday acknowledged that Democrats are not the culprits in Republicans’ failed ObamaCare overhaul bill, saying it’s time for the GOP to “start governing.”
“You’re right,” Priebus said to questions on “Fox News Sunday” about President Trump calling out Democrats after the bill died Friday in the GOP-controlled House amid insufficient GOP support.
“At the end of the day, it’s time for the party to start governing,” Priebus continued. “I also think though, that Democrats can come to the table as well.”
Getting the Democrats to the table might take a bit of effort from the White House. Isn’t that something Presidents are supposed to do?