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White House sent Lewandowski to help revive health push: report

White House sent Lewandowski to help revive health push: report
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The White House reportedly sent a pair of President Trump's former campaign aides to Capitol Hill this week in an effort to revive the Senate GOP's healthcare legislation.

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and former deputy campaign manager David Bossie met Tuesday with Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line MORE (R-Utah), CNN reported. Lee and Sen. Jerry MoranGerald (Jerry) MoranSenate Republicans demand Google hand over memo advising it to hide data vulnerability Overnight Defense — Presented by The Embassy of the United Arab Emirates — Missing journalist strains US-Saudi ties | Senators push Trump to open investigation | Trump speaks with Saudi officials | New questions over support for Saudi coalition in Yemen Senators demand answers on Trump administration backing of Saudi coalition in Yemen MORE (R-Kan.) dealt a fatal blow to the Senate's Monday push to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

White House chief of staff Reince Priebus and chief strategist Stephen Bannon dispatched the pair to Capitol Hill, according to the report.

White House officials did not comment during a press briefing Wednesday on who enlisted Lewandowski and Bossie to push the healthcare bill.

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The Trump administration has been grappling with stalled efforts to replace former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaCampaign staffers sue Illinois Dem governor candidate over alleged racial discrimination Bipartisanship is a greater danger than political polarization GOP group makes late play in Iowa seat once seen as lost MORE's signature healthcare law, a major campaign promise for Trump.

Trump hosted GOP senators for a lunch at the White House on Wednesday to discuss the conference’s next steps after the Better Care Reconciliation Act foundered earlier this week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellGOP leaders hesitant to challenge Trump on Saudi Arabia Overnight Health Care — Presented by Purdue Pharma — Trump officials ratchet up fight over drug pricing | McConnell says Republicans could try again on ObamaCare repeal | Dems go on offense against GOP lawsuit Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel MORE (R-Ky.) said Republicans would vote on a motion to proceed to a vote; however, it was unclear whether he wanted to move a straight repeal of ObamaCare or the Senate’s repeal-and-replace legislation.

“Next week we’ll be voting on the motion to proceed, and I have every expectation that we’ll be able to get on the bill," he said after the lunch.

The president said he did not want GOP senators to leave Washington for their August recess, so they could work on reviving the healthcare push.

"Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great healthcare," Trump said. "Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’

Trump also told Senate Republicans that anyone who votes against beginning debate on the bill is saying “you are fine with ObamaCare.”

McConnell had previously already delayed the Senate’s August recess by two weeks.