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Sunday shows preview: Trump clashes with media as health push delayed

Sunday shows preview: Trump clashes with media as health push delayed
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President Trump's tweeting habits are slated to receive some attention on the Sunday shows this week after they stirred outrage among lawmakers, with some accusing the president of distracting from the Senate's healthcare debate by launching a broadside against two MSNBC hosts.

The tweets attacking "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and fiancé Joe Scarborough came shortly after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellBiden's climate plans can cut emissions and also be good politics Acting Defense secretary makes surprise trip to Somalia As Biden administration ramps up, Trump legal effort drags on MORE (R-Ky.) delayed a key vote on Senate Republicans's plan to repeal and replace large parts of ObamaCare. 

The bill – the Better Care Reconciliation Act – faced opposition in the GOP conference, prompting McConnell to push back a vote he had initially hoped to hold this week. The move was the latest setback dealt to Republicans in their longtime effort to overhaul the nation's healthcare system.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is set to appear on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday as the Trump administration looks to refocus on healthcare reform, with an initial vote on Senate legislation pushed until after the July 4 recess.

But some of the healthcare bill's toughest GOP opponents are also taking to the Sunday show circuit this week. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is among a group of Republican governors to accept the Affordable Care Act's expansion of Medicaid, will appear on ABC's "This Week." He swiftly came out against the Senate measure last week.

Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Overnight Defense: Formal negotiations inch forward on defense bill with Confederate base name language | Senators look to block B UAE arms sales | Trump administration imposes Iran sanctions over human rights abuses MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeLoeffler isolating after possible COVID-19 infection Rick Scott tests positive for coronavirus OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (R-Utah), both early detractors of the Senate bill, are also making appearances on Sunday, with Paul set to go on "Fox News Sunday" and Lee appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Senate Republicans can only afford two GOP defections on their legislation and still approve the measure with Vice President Pence casting a tie-breaking vote. So far, at least nine have said they cannot vote for the measure in its current form, while several others remain undecided.

Here's the full lineup:

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: Price is on the show. Sen. Tom CarperThomas (Tom) Richard CarperOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Kerry says Paris climate deal alone 'is not enough' | EPA halts planned Taiwan trip for Wheeler| EPA sued over rule extending life of toxic coal ash ponds Overnight Energy: Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' | GM reverses on Trump, exits suit challenging California's tougher emissions standards | United Nations agency says greenhouse gas emissions accumulating despite lockdown decline GSA transition delay 'poses serious risk' to Native Americans, Udall says MORE (D-Del.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) are also set to make appearances.

ABC’s “This Week”: Kasich will make an appearance, as will White House homeland security adviser Thomas Bossert.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Lee, one of the Senate's most conservative members and an opponent of the current healthcare bill, will be on the program.

“Fox News Sunday”: Paul and Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinMajor unions back Fudge for Agriculture secretary Voters split on eliminating the filibuster: poll OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Barrasso to seek top spot on Energy and Natural Resources Committee | Forest Service finalizes rule weakening environmental review of its projects | Biden to enlist Agriculture, Transportation agencies in climate fight MORE (D-W.Va.) will be on. They will be joined by White House director for legislative affairs Marc Short.

CNN’s “State of the Union”: Sens. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) and Bernie SandersBernie SandersIn defense of incrementalism: A call for radical realism Thomas Piketty says pandemic is opportunity to address income inequality Trump will soon be out of office — but polarization isn't going anywhere MORE (I-Vt.) will appear.