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President Donald Trump, a man somehow never on schedule but always on time, joined the business of selling the Republicans’ unholy health care bill on Friday morning, spinning it as the sensible alternative to Obamacare and bragging about the rushed, potentially devastating process leading to the bill’s possible passage.
“Health care is a very difficult situation, if you look, the Clintons tried to get it and after years and years they couldn’t do it,” Trump said during an interview aired on “Fox and Friends.” “Obamacare was murder for them to get, and now it’s failed, it’s virtually out of business.”
“I’ve done in five months what other people haven’t done in years,” Trump continued.
The president and Ainsley Earhardt, the Fox News co-host, later went on to agree about how nice it would be if Democrats would just join Republicans in supporting this bill in a show of the kind of bipartisanship Trump claimed (totally erroneously) got Social Security and Medicare passed decades ago.
Nearly a full business day after the Republicans finally revealed the text of their health care bill, Trump finally tweeted on Thursday evening:
- John Dowd, the latest attorney hired to defend Trump in the widening Russia probe, wants you to know he’s no “snowflake.” OK.
- One day before Preet Bharara, the influential former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was asked to resign, he wrote in an email obtained by BuzzFeed that he had received a bewildering voicemail at work from Trump’s secretary.
- In response to calls from members of her own party to step down after another defeat for the Democrats in Georgia, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Thursday: “I think I’m worth the trouble.”