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Report: Republican says Trump doesn’t even scare Senate pages

Report: Republican says Trump doesn’t even scare Senate pages
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A Republican senator reportedly said he believes President Trump doesn't even scare Senate pages.

The GOP senator, who spoke to The New York Times on the condition of anonymity, said Trump doesn't scare anyone in the Senate.

The comments came after the Senate GOP's healthcare bill fell apart earlier this week amid lack of support.

Trump had long campaigned on repealing and replacing ObamaCare and had made the effort a top item on his agenda. 

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The former executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee echoed the comments that, at this time, no one fears Trump.

“Right now, nobody’s afraid of Trump, and that’s a real problem,” said Rob Jesmer, who also once served as a top aide to Sen. John CornynJohn CornynSenate passes bill to make Juneteenth a federal holiday Harris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary Senate confirms Garland's successor to appeals court MORE (R-Texas).

“But the truth is that he hasn’t really tried,” Jesmer added.

“Where is he on local talk radio? Where is the trip to Kansas to say, ‘Hey, Jerry, we’re really close on this and could use your help?' It’s what he does well, getting out there and making the case. I don’t get why he hasn’t been more engaged.”

Sen. Dick DurbinDick DurbinHarris calls for pathway to citizenship for Dreamers on DACA anniversary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden on Putin: 'a worthy adversary' McConnell sparks new Supreme Court fight MORE (D-Ill.) chided Trump, saying the president lacks experience, a quality that makes it hard to sell a plan.

“He has limited experience in government and politics, he lacks a deep and experienced team, and his poll numbers are disastrous,” Durbin told The New York Times.

“It’s more or less impossible to sell a program when you have those conditions."

On Wednesday, Trump told GOP senators at the White House they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.

"We shouldn't leave town until this is complete," he said during a lunch at the White House. "We should hammer this out and get it done."

Trump also said that repeal isn't enough.

"We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,” he said.