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Trump: Senators Against GOP Health Bill 'Will Probably Get There'

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By    |   Friday, 23 Jun 2017 08:15 AM

Four Republican senators who do not now support their party's version of a bill to replace and repeal Obamacare will "probably get there," President Donald Trump said in an interview airing Friday.

"[They are] four good guys and friends of mine," Trump told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" co-anchor Ainsley Earhardt during an interview recorded at the White House on Thursday. 

"I think they will probably get there. We have to see."

Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Rand Paul of Kentucky said in a statement Thursday they're open to negotiation before the full Senate considers the measure.

However, they believe the bill, which was revealed on Thursday, does not accomplish the promise they made to their constituents to "repeal Obamacare and lower their healthcare costs."

"Healthcare is a very difficult situation," Trump told Earhardt. "If you looked, the Clintons tried to get it and after years and years they couldn't do it. Obamacare was murder for them to get. And now it's failed. It's virtually out of business. Obamacare is a disaster, and we're trying to do something in a very short period of time."

Trump pointed out that he's only been in office five months, but he has "done in five months what other people haven't done in years."

People have been working on healthcare for many years, he continued, and it's a "very complicated situation from the standpoint you do something that's good for one group, but bad for another. It's a very, very narrow path."

He also said the four senators aren't opposed, but they want to get certain changes, "and we will see if we can take care of that."

Trump also commented on the growing call from Democrats wanting House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to step down, saying he personally hopes she stay in her leadership role.

"I think it would be a very, very sad day for Republicans if she steps down," said Trump. "I would be very, very disappointed if she did. I would like to keep her right where she is because our record is extraordinary against her. But we'll see what happens."

The Republican victory in Georgia on Tuesday, with Karen Handel defeating Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff in a special election to replace former Rep. Tom Price was "very big," said the president.

"They spent $30 million," he said. "We had a candidate who did a very, very good job. I think I helped a lot, and we had a great candidate. But, we are 5-0 as you know, in these special elections . . . that's a big margin.

"And this last one was very interesting though because they put everything into it. They had every consultant. They had agencies, advertising agencies."

Hollywood also came out in favor of Ossoff, but "in the end we won, quite easily, by a bigger margin than anyone would have thought," said Trump.

Democrats will need to "do something," he continued, but "right now they are obstructionists."

"I think they would do much better if they got along with us, if they called us and said let's work on healthcare together," said Trump.

"Let's work on tax cuts together and tax reform. Let's work on infrastructure together. We can do it together. I honestly think they would do better at the polls. I think the American public is tired of obstructionists."

There have been times in the nation's history when the parties worked together, "and those were the greatest things, whether it was Social Security or Medicare. It was two parties got together and came up with great solutions to problems. And I don't think that's going to happen, but that is what should happen."

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