President Barack Obama expressed satisfaction over his meetings with Republicans this week, but Sen. Mike Lee of Utah who met with Obama Thursday, gave him low marks.
The gathering was like “a press conference without the press” for the president, Lee told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren.
“One of my favorite moments was when one of my colleagues stood up and said, ‘You know, Mr. President, it’s not all that helpful to have you publicly questioning our motives, publicly accusing us of wanting to eviscerate Medicaid, for example, simply because we want to call for reform or block grants,’” Lee said.
And Obama’s response?
“[He said,] ‘I don’t speak nearly as badly about you as some of you do about me,’” Lee said.
That tempted a reply from Republicans. “A lot of us had to restrain ourselves from raising our hand at that moment or calling him out on it,” Lee said.
“It struck me as somewhat sophomoric. But the point is I don’t see a lot of Republicans, especially Senate Republicans, standing up and openly questioning the president’s motives from the standpoint of not caring about people.”
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