In Midst Of Healthcare Bill Debacle, Who Trump Just Went Golfing With Is Turning Major Heads


Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., was upbeat on the future of overhauling Obamacare Sunday after a round of golf with President Donald Trump and budget director Mick Mulvaney.

“We had a great day with the president. Played some golf, and we talked and we talked about a little bit of health care. I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on repealing Obamacare,” Paul said. The threesome at the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va., just over the line from Washington, D.C.


Paul was one of the early conservative critics of the ill-fated House leadership’s proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare. He has introduced his own plan to replace Obamacare, which has also been introduced in the House by Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C.

Although on Friday and Saturday, Trump was using his Twitter account to jab at members of the House Freedom Caucus, which has stood against the health care plan that failed in the House, by the end of the weekend he was speaking in optimistic terms about the future of a nebulous proposal for overhauling former President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.



“It will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now,” Trump told the Financial Times. “And if we don’t get the . . . Freedom Caucus there that would be fine. They’re friends of mine,” he told the publication. “Many of them have already left, and many of them as you know have already given us their vote. But when you have zero Democrats, zero, you need close to 100 percent of the Republicans.”

Trump told the British publication negotiations were ongoing “as we speak,” but “one way or the other, I promised the people great healthcare … [and] it will be a repeal and replace of Obamacare which is the deal that is being negotiated now.”

Trump also indicated that he did not see the failure of the House to pass the leadership-sponsored legislation as the end of Obamacare overhaul. Trump said he did not want a vote, but wanted the pot to simmer a bit longer.

“There was no reason to take a vote,” he said. “I said, ‘Don’t take a vote,’ and we will see what happens.”

He said he “didn’t want to take a vote … I don’t lose. I don’t like to lose. But that wasn’t a definitive day.”

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