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 McConnellGraham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Senate GOP eyes 'nuclear option' for Trump nominees next week Taiwan’s President Tsai should be invited to address Congress 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 PaulCivil rights group marks MLK Day with call for 'Trump card' national ID Pressure mounts for Trump to reconsider Syria withdrawal House Republicans call for moving State of the Union to Senate chamber MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeHillicon Valley: Trump AG pick signals new scrutiny on tech giants | Wireless providers in new privacy storm | SEC brings charges in agency hack | Facebook to invest 0M in local news AG pick Barr wants closer scrutiny of Silicon Valley 'behemoths' Grassroots political participation is under attack in Utah and GOP is fighting back 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 CarperIRS shutdown plan fails to quell worries Dems blast EPA nominee at confirmation hearing Last-minute deal extends program to protect chemical plants 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) ManchinSenate rejects government-wide ban on abortion funding Centrist efforts to convince Trump to end shutdown falter Bipartisan group of senators will urge Trump to reopen government for 3 weeks 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 SandersBernard (Bernie) Sanders2020 Dems seize on MLK Day for campaign messaging Sanders knocks Trump in MLK Day speech Grassley to test GOP on lowering drug prices MORE (I-Vt.) will appear.