President Donald Trump believes that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did not do everything possible to pass an Obamacare replacement bill.
When reporters asked Trump why he continued to batter McConnell despite support for the Senate Majority Leader from his Republican colleagues, he replied shortly, “Don’t make anything of it, we should have health care approved.”
He hinted that McConnell should have threatened to remove Sen. John McCain, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, or Sen. Susan Collins from their chair positions in the Senate to force them to vote for the health care bill.
“He should have known that he had a couple of votes that turned on him and that should have been very easy to handle, whether it’s through the fact that you take away a committee chairmanship or do whatever you have to do,” Trump said, offering advice for McConnell.
Trump said that the Republican Senate’s failure to pass a repeal or replace Obamacare plan was “unacceptable,” especially after they promised voters that they would do it.
“It was a horrible surprise, it was very unfair to the Republican party and very unfair to the people of this country,” he added.
Trump signaled hope that McConnell could deliver on other parts of his agenda, including infrastructure and tax cuts and reforms.
He hinted that he might work outside of Congress to address the problems created by Obamacare.
“There are things that I could do as president that will have a huge impact on health care, so you watch,” Trump said.