Trump slams McCain as a ‘let down’ over ObamaCare repeal

Trump slams McCain as a ‘let down’ over ObamaCare repeal
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President Trump on Saturday said Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain on Pelosi, McCarthy fight: 'I think they're all bad' Democrats seek to counter GOP attacks on gas prices Biden nominates Jeff Flake as ambassador to Turkey MORE (R-Ariz.) “let down” his party, the people of Arizona and “his best friend” by opposing the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

In a series of tweets on Saturday morning, Trump criticized McCain's announced decision from the day before that he could not "in good conscience" vote for the health care legislation that the Trump administration has been lobbying for in the Senate.

Trump alleged that McCain had been influenced in his decision by Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerBiden administration stokes frustration over Canada Schumer blasts McCarthy for picking people who 'supported the big lie' for Jan. 6 panel Biden's belated filibuster decision: A pretense of principle at work MORE (D-N.Y.) in his decision to oppose the bill co-authored by Sens. Bill CassidyBill CassidyBipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor The Hill's Morning Report - High-profile COVID-19 infections spark new worries GOP centrists call on Schumer to delay infrastructure vote MORE (R-La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.).

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"Sad," Trump wrote.

"McCain let his best friend L.G. down!" Trump added. McCain had acknowledged he struggled in his opposition to the health care legislation in part because of its authors.

“The bill’s authors are my dear friends, and I think the world of them. I know they are acting consistently with their beliefs and sense of what is best for the country. So am I," McCain said in a statement Friday.

Graham, who is one of McCain's best friends, released a statement immediately following McCain's announcement that reaffirmed their friendship as "not based on how he votes but respect for how he’s lived his life and the person he is."

With McCain opposing the Graham-Cassidy legislation, added to Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWriter: Fauci, Paul clash shouldn't distract from probe into COVID-19 origins S.E. Cupp: 'The politicization of science and health safety has inarguably cost lives' Trust in Fauci, federal health agencies strong: poll MORE's (R-Ky.) previous opposition, the Republican bill looks doomed to defeat. The GOP cannot afford any more defections and several other Republican votes also look unlikely. However, Trump tweeted that he thinks Paul is open to convincing.

"I know Rand Paul and I think he may find a way to get there for the good of the party!" he wrote. 

However, Paul on Friday pushed back against Trump’s effort to pressure him over his vote on the bill, saying that he "won't be bribed or bullied."

Trump warned Friday that Paul would forever be known as "'the Republican who saved ObamaCare’” over his opposition to the legislation.

The president also tweeted Saturday about Alaska's GOP Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor Schumer sets up Wednesday infrastructure showdown MORE, another key vote for the bill. "Lisa M comes through," he suggested. 

Murkowski and McCain both voted against the last Senate Republicans' bill to repeal and replace ObamaCare in July. They, along with Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - Infrastructure vote fails; partisan feud erupts over Jan. 6 panel Senate falling behind on infrastructure MORE (R-Maine), were the deciding votes in the bill's defeat on the Senate floor. No Democrats voted for the legislation.

Collins has said she is "leaning against" the current bill.

The remarks on Twitter were harsher than Trump’s condemnation of McCain the previous night at a rally in Alabama.

"John McCain, if you look at his last campaign, it was all about repeal and replace, repeal and replace," Trump told the crowd. "So he decided to do something different, and that's fine."

He also pledged that Republicans would repeal and replace ObamaCare “eventually.”