Trump Urges Republican Senators Forward on Healthcare During White House Meeting

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President Donald Trump met with Republican senators at the White House after it was clear that the healthcare bill had stalled in the Senate.

“We have really no choice but to solve this situation,” he said. “Obamacare is a total disaster. It’s melting down as we speak.”

Speaking to about 50 Senators who attended the meeting, Trump urged his party to work together on the bill.

“We’re going to talk and we’re going to see what we can do,” he said. “We’re getting very close.”

Trump made his remarks after Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell called off a scheduled vote on the Republican health care bill, after several Senators voiced disappointment with the final product.

“We’re going to talk and we’re going to see what we can do,” he said. “We’re getting very close.”

McConnell plans to schedule another vote after the Independence Day recess, when members of Congress return to Washington.

He said the final product was “going to be great” and promised to focus on solving the problem of skyrocketing health insurance premiums faced by many Americans.

After the president made his opening remarks, he asked the press to leave so that they could discuss the bill.

“I greatly appreciate you folks being here. We love you very much. You’re very kind and very understanding,” he said, as the Senators laughed. “But we will now ask you to leave.”

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