At a lunch meeting with Republican senators, President Donald Trump described the version of his healthcare plan passed by the House as "mean." It's unclear as to what, exactly, he meant by the use of that specific adjective, although it does seem to directly contradict his other statements on the issue.
According to CNN, Trump has been urging the Senate to "add more money" to the bill recently passed by the House — although, again, what he means by that is unclear. Trump has similarly urged the Senate to make the bill more "generous, kind (and) with heart."
It seems like Trump is hoping that revisions to the bill made by the Senate will be significant, despite having celebrated the bill's passing in its current state. He previously described the bill as "incredibly well crafted."
"He made pretty clear that he thinks the House bill leaves people — many of which probably make up his base — in a bad place," said an unnamed source.
It does seem that whatever revisions the Senate comes up with, Trump will likely approve. "Pretty obviously (he's) not a details guy," said a Republican aide.
House Republicans "have done (their) job," Trump said on Tuesday, and "now it is the Senate's turn to act, and again, I hope they are going to act in a very positive manner."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is hoping to vote on the health care bill before the July 4th recess.
Did Trump encourage the passing of a bill he truly didn't support in the hopes of gaining a purely symbolic victory over the Democrats? Does Trump actually care about the substance of the laws he creates or is he only hoping to spite the previous administration?
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