President Donald Trump insisted in an interview airing Monday that members of the GOP-led Congress are friends of his, no matter which way they lean.
"They're friends of mine, they're really special people, whether it's Freedom Caucus or Tuesday or Thursday or let's go have a drink, that group," Trump told CBS' John Dickerson during a wide-ranging interview recorded on Saturday, the president's 100th day in office.
"They're great people," Trump continued. "I know them all, and I can honestly say, a lot of them, I can honestly say I don't dislike any of them. I like almost all of them a lot."
Republicans are now the governing party, he pointed out, and before, the way they voted "wouldn't matter because President [Barack] Obama was going to veto everything and they didn't have the Senate. Now we have the Senate, the House, and the White House.
"But these are great people. And I think you're going to see the Republican Party really come together."
The comments came after Trump told Fox News' Martha MacCallum last week that he was disappointed with Republicans after the American Health Care Act failed to reach a House vote.
CBS noted that just a month ago, Trump threatened to oppose House Freedom Caucus members who disagreed with the healthcare proposal.
Negotiating in Washington is different from making a deal in the business world, because in Washington "you really need heart."
"Well, I think the big difference is, for what we're doing here, Washington, you really need heart, because you're talking about a lot of people," Trump commented. "Whereas business, you don't need so much heart. You want to make a good deal."
Trump also criticized Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer during the Dickerson interview, saying that under his leadership, Democrats will have difficulty winning further elections.
"Schumer's not a leader, he doesn't know how to lead," Trump said about Schumer, a fellow New Yorker. "I've known him for a long time. He has no leadership ability and he's bringing them [Democrats] so far left, they're never going to win another election, believe me."
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