Trump says Ocasio-Cortez is 'correct' in comments about VA

President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE on Wednesday seized on comments by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump Jr on father's taxes: 'People don't understand what goes into a business' Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Will Democrats attempt to pack the Supreme Court again? MORE (D-N.Y.) in which she pushed back against the privatization of the Department of Veterans Affairs' health care system.

Ocasio-Cortez said at a town hall event last week privatizing the system would benefit pharmaceutical companies and health insurers, not veterans, telling constituents, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

The president initially misspelled Ocasio-Cortez's last name before reposting the tweet with the correct spelling.


"Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is correct, the VA is not broken, it is doing great," Trump tweeted. "But that is only because of the Trump Administration. We got Veterans Choice & Accountability passed."

Trump added a quote from Dan Caldwell, the executive director of Concerned Veterans for America, who appeared on Fox News Wednesday morning to discuss Ocasio-Cortez's comments.

While Trump regularly takes credit for passing "Veterans Choice," the VA Choice Act was first established during the Obama administration in 2014.

The Department of Veterans Affairs in January released a proposal seeking to implement the VA Mission Act, which Congress passed in June and Trump signed into law.

The $55 billion legislation seeks to address the issues with the VA Choice Act by overhauling and consolidating the network of private health care providers where veterans can use their benefits.

Ocasio-Cortez said at the town hall that the VA provides some of the highest quality care, but that advocates are seeking to tinker with it.

"They are trying to fix it," she said in comments first reported by the Washington Examiner. "But who are they trying to fix it for, is the question we've got to ask. And this is who they're trying to fix it for. They're trying to fix the VA for insurance companies. They're trying to fix it for insurance corporations, and ultimately they're trying to fix the VA for the for-profit health care industry that does not put people or veterans first."

In promoting her comments, Trump appeared to echo the views of one of his most ardent critics and one of the highest-profile members of the House Democratic Caucus.

Ocasio-Cortez, who has labeled Trump a racist and decried a number of his policies, said last week that she would sign on to a resolution calling for an investigation into whether Trump should be impeached, citing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump has largely avoided publicly criticizing Ocasio-Cortez, who scored an upset primary victory last year over 10-term incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.).

But he recently chided her at a fundraiser for her support of the Green New Deal, referring to her as a "young bartender."