President Trump on Sunday took credit for calling the GOP healthcare legislation “mean.”
“Well he used my term, mean,” Trump said of former President Obama, who last week slammed “the fundamental meanness at the core” of the Senate Republicans’ healthcare plan.
“That was my term because I want to see — and I speak from the heart, that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart,” Trump told Pete Hegseth during an interview with Fox News's "Fox & Friends."
Trump called House Republicans’ healthcare legislation “mean” in a comment reported earlier this month. The White House never confirmed the comment, until now.
The House legislation is different from the Senate bill, which was unveiled on Thursday.
Trump has advocated for negotiating some aspects of the Senate bill, which currently does not have enough support among Republicans to pass. No Democrats support the legislation.
On Sunday, Trump downgraded hopes for a bill that everyone can “love” to “like.”
“Honestly, nobody can be totally happy, even without the votes,” he told Fox News. “Forget about votes, this has nothing to do with votes. This has to do with picking a plan that everybody’s going to like. I’d like to say love, but like.”
He reaffirmed that he wants a plan with “heart.”
“We have a very good plan,” he said. “We have a few people that are — I think you could say modestly — they’re not standing on the rooftops and screaming, they want to get some points, I think they’ll get some points.”