Trump celebrates judge's decision tossing core tenets of ObamaCare

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE celebrated Saturday a federal judge in Texas's Friday decision that, if upheld, would declare most of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional.

In comments to pool reporters shortly after visiting Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath-laying ceremony on Saturday, Trump called on Democrats to sit down with him and negotiate a replacement plan that could pass through Congress and replace ObamaCare.


“We’ll sit down with the Democrats, if the Supreme Court upholds, we’ll be sitting down with the Democrats and we will get great health care for our people, that’s a repeal and replace," Trump told reporters, according to pool reports.

"It was a big, big victory by a highly respected judge, highly, highly respected in Texas," Trump added. "And on the assumption that the Supreme Court upholds, we will get great, great health care for our people."

"We’ll have to sit down with the Democrats to do it, but I’m sure they want to do it also," the president said of congressional Democratic leaders.

The president's comments came hours after U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor ruled that the individual mandate declaring that Americans must purchase health insurance or pay a yearly fine is unconstitutional, adding that the rest of the law was by extension unlawful because it could not be separated from the mandate.

Legal experts do not expect the judge's ruling to stand up following an appeal to the Supreme Court, which Democrats including California Attorney General Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraOvernight Energy: Trump moves forward with rule on California drilling | House panel advances bill that resumes participation in Paris climate fund | Perry pressed on 'environmental justice' | 2020 Dem proposes climate corps Trump administration moves forward with final rule to allow new California drilling Overnight Energy: Interior chief says climate response falls on Congress | Bernhardt insists officials will complete offshore drilling plans | Judge rules EPA must enforce Obama landfill pollution rules MORE have vowed to appeal to.

Trump previously touted the court ruling Friday night on Twitter, calling on House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Threat of impeachment takes oxygen out of 2019 agenda Trump denies 'tantrum' in meeting with Pelosi: 'It is all such a lie!' MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNo agreement on budget caps in sight ahead of Memorial Day recess Ex-White House photographer roasts Trump: 'This is what a cover up looked like' under Obama Pelosi: Trump 'is engaged in a cover-up' MORE (D-N.Y.) to work with GOP lawmakers to pass a bill that protects pre-existing conditions.

"Now Congress must pass a STRONG law that provides GREAT healthcare and protects pre-existing conditions. Mitch and Nancy, get it done!" Trump tweeted Friday.