Trump: 'We Were Let Down' by a Few GOP Defectors

'We will return!' he promises on health care
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2017 8:26 AM CDT
Trump Criticizes GOP Defectors on Health Bill
President Trump speaks during a "Made in America" product showcase at the White House on July 17.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

The collapse of the GOP's health care plan in the Senate quickly brought President Trump to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize the Republican defectors who torpedoed the bill. "We were let down by all of the Democrats and a few Republicans," he tweeted, without naming names. "Most Republicans were loyal, terrific & worked really hard. We will return!" Trump also reiterated that's he's fully behind the new plan to repeal ObamaCare first and then replace it later. "As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!" he tweeted.

He's referring to Mitch McConnell's promise in the wake of the failed bill to have the Senate vote on a repeal-first plan. The New York Times, however, says the prospect of leaving millions of Americans uninsured all but guarantees any such vote would fail. In its recap of Monday night's turn of events, Politico reports that Trump was "blindsided" by the decision of Sens. Mike Lee and Jerry Moran to withdraw their support of the GOP bill and effectively kill it. The White House apparently had no inkling the coordinated move was in the works. (More President Trump stories.)

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