Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump says healthcare bill has failed as Republicans cancel vote

U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the AHCA health care bill was pulled before a vote, accompanied by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

President Donald Trump says his health care reform fell short because it lacked support from Democrats.

Trump made his first comments about the failure of a signature legislative item Friday in the Oval Office a short time after a House vote on the bill was cancelled.

Trump told reporters “we were very close” and tried to blame Democrats, through Republicans control both the House and the Senate.

He also predicted the Affordable Care Act would soon implode, forcing Democrats to join the Republicans at the negotiating table. Continue reading “Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump says healthcare bill has failed as Republicans cancel vote”

Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump honors Medal of Honor recipients

President Donald Trump has marked Medal of Honor Day by appearing in the Oval Office with more than two dozen medal recipients.

Trump says they are brave people who rose above and beyond the call of duty to defend the U.S. He says they poured out their hearts, sweat and tears like few others have, and have also given their blood for the country.

Trump says the 75 living Medal of Honor recipients “are much braver than I am.”

The president was joined by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin.

The Medal of Honor is America’s highest military honor. It is awarded by the president for acts of valor that go above and beyond the call of duty.

Medal of Honor Day is Saturday.

–The Associated Press

Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump meets with Charter CEO, touts hiring plan that was in works for two years

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday touted Charter Communications Inc’s decision to invest $25 billion in the United States and a plan the company announced before he was elected to hire 20,000 workers over four years.

At a White House event with the second-largest U.S. cable company’s Chief Executive Thomas Rutledge and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump praised Charter for planning to close its offshore call centers and move them to the United States.

Much of the announcement was not new. Charter said last May that it planned to add 20,000 jobs as part of its merger with Time Warner Cable and acquisition of Bright House Networks. As early as June 2015, Rutledge said Charter would need an additional 20,000 employees after those deals. Continue reading “Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump meets with Charter CEO, touts hiring plan that was in works for two years”

Fri, Mar. 24, 2017: Trump slams House Freedom Caucus ahead of Obamacare repeal vote

After days of negotiations with the House Freedom Caucus over legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare, President Donald Trump lashed out at the GOP’s uncooperative conservative wing Friday morning, telling his millions of Twitter followers that their stubbornness is working in favor of Planned Parenthood.

“The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!” Trump wrote on Twitter Friday morning.

The president, who on Thursday demanded an up or down vote for the imperiled White House-backed legislation, also said Friday morning that the proposal “is finally your chance for a great plan!”

“After seven horrible years of ObamaCare (skyrocketing premiums & deductibles, bad healthcare), this is finally your chance for a great plan!” Trump wrote on Twitter in a post that preceded his Planned Parenthood dig.

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Thur, Mar. 23, 2017: Trump talks health care, jobs with truckers

While Republican leaders were busy most of the day Thursday trying to rally House support behind the GOP-proposed American Health Care Act, President Donald Trump met with some of the trucking industry’s biggest names, and their dialogue focused on health care.

“We’re the ones out there moving the economy,” Chris Spear, chief executive officer of the American Trucking Associations, told CNBC’s “Closing Bell” after the meeting. Spear said the group had an “outstanding conversation” with Trump.

Trucking is a $725 billion industry, employing around 7.3 million Americans and delivering 70 percent of the nation’s goods. One in 16 jobs in the U.S. goes to a trucker, Spear told CNBC, and in 29 states the most popular job is truck driver.

The Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, has severely hurt the industry of late, Spear said. “Rising insurance costs, administrative burdens, lack of choice … the status quo is not acceptable to our industry, with all the people we employ. For us, it’s a jobs issue.”

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Thur, Mar. 23, 2017: Trump demands vote on healthcare bill on Friday

President Trump issued an ultimatum on Thursday to recalcitrant Republicans to fall in line behind a broad health insurance overhaul or see their opportunity to repeal the Affordable Care Act vanish, demanding a Friday vote on a bill that appeared to lack a majority to pass.

The demand, issued by his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, in an evening meeting with House Republicans, came after a marathon day of negotiating at the White House and in the Capitol in which Mr. Trump — who has boasted of his deal-making prowess — fell short of selling members of his own party on the health plan.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan emerged from the session and announced curtly that Mr. Trump would get his wish for a vote on Friday. Mr. Ryan refused to answer reporters’ questions about whether he expected the measure to pass.

Although the House Republicans’ closed-door meeting became a cheerleading session for the bill, their leaders braced for a showdown on the floor, knowing they were likely to be at least a handful of votes short of a majority for the health insurance bill and would need to muscle their colleagues to the last to prevail.

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