After a setback for the Republican agenda Tuesday, President Donald Trump sounded an optimistic tone on reaching an agreement on an Obamacare replacement.
At a White House meeting with GOP senators, Trump shrugged off the Senate delaying a vote on its health-care bill, saying “we’re getting very close” to striking a deal despite remaining disagreements. But he sent mixed signals on the Senate’s ability to reach an agreement and “solve” Obamacare, which he said was “melting down.”
“This will be great if we get it done. And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like, and that’s OK, and I understand that very well. But I think we have to do something very, very important for the public,” Trump said, while flanked by Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, two GOP swing votes on health care.
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In the morning, President Trump will speak with President Emmanuel Macron of France.
He will then receive his daily intelligence briefing and then meet with National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster.
The president will then speak with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar of Ireland.
President Trump on Monday hailed a Supreme Court order allowing a limited version of his travel ban to take effect as a “clear victory for our national security.”
Trump said in a statement that his “number one responsibility” is “to keep the American people safe,” adding that the court’s ruling allows him to do just that.
“Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” the president said.
“Today’s ruling allows me to use an important tool for protecting our nation’s homeland,” he added. “I am also particularly gratified that the Supreme Court’s decision was 9-0.”
The high court on Monday morning partially reinstated the travel ban on people from six Muslim-majority Muslim countries and said it would hear arguments in a lawsuit against the controversial policy in October.
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