President Trump will host Republican senators at the White House for lunch on Wednesday to plot a path forward after the collapse of their healthcare plan.
White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters confirmed the lunch meeting, which is expected to touch on healthcare and other agenda items.
The gathering comes a day after Senate leaders were forced to abandon their plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare due to lack of GOP support.
It marked a significant defeat for the president, who promised voters that he would scrap the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on “day one” of his presidency.
The collapse has also sparked internal divisions in the GOP over who is to blame and has raised questions about the Republican-controlled Congress’s ability to pass major agenda items such as tax reform and an infrastructure package.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 McConnell privately urged GOP senators to oppose debt ceiling hike On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE (R-Ky.) announced Tuesday he would move forward with a vote on repealing ObamaCare, but even that measure lacks the votes necessary to pass.
Trump has floated an alternative — allowing the ACA to collapse on its own.
“I think we're probably in that position where we'll let ObamaCare fail,” he said Tuesday.
“We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you the Republicans are not going to own it. We'll let ObamaCare fail and then the Democrats are going to come to us."
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