Trump: 'Doesn't matter' if healthcare vote is next week

Trump: 'Doesn't matter' if healthcare vote is next week
© Greg Nash

President Trump says it “doesn’t matter” to him if Congress votes on a healthcare overhaul next week, when lawmakers return to Washington. 

Trump a day earlier had expressed optimism that members of Congress could both pass healthcare reform legislation and prevent a government shutdown next week. 

“Doesn’t matter if it’s next week. Next week, doesn’t matter,” Trump said Friday of a possible vote on a healthcare proposal. 

“It’ll happen. You’ll see what happens,” he told reporters outside the Treasury Department. “No particular rush. But we’ll see what happens. Healthcare is coming along well.”

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The comments temper expectations for action on healthcare during a week in which Congress will be consumed by trying to broker a deal to keep he government running. 

Lawmakers must pass a funding bill by April 28 to prevent a shutdown, but no deal has emerged thus far. Congress could decide to pass a short-term spending measure to buy more time for negotiations. 

Given the complexity of the negotiations, Trump’s comments Thursday about healthcare raised eyebrows on Capitol Hill. 

“I want to get both. Are you shocked to hear that?” Trump said at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, when asked about healthcare and the potential shutdown.

Trump appears hungry to secure a major legislative victory ahead of his 100th day in office, April 29, even though he has recently denied caring about the milestone. 

“No matter how much I accomplish during the ridiculous standard of the first 100 days, & it has been a lot (including S.C.), media will kill!” he tweeted Friday.