President Donald Trump spoke out Friday afternoon after Republicans pulled the Obamacare overhaul he had endorsed, criticizing Democratic opposition to the bill and passing off the responsibility for its failure.
“I’ve been saying for the last year and a half that the best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode,” said Trump, who supported the plan and spent much of the past week personally lobbying for its success.
The American Health Care Act was pulled from an anticipated vote Friday afternoon after it became apparent the bill did not have enough votes to pass.
Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and other members of the administration and Republican leadership were working to win over moderate holdouts and members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus on the bill, a number of whom had opposed the measure.
In Trump’s comments to the press from the Oval Office — where he was joined by Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price — he singled out efforts from congressional Democrats to block the bill, going so far as to call the Senate and House Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer, D-New York, and Nancy Pelosi, D-California, “the losers” in the situation.
“We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats,” said Trump at the top of his statement. “They weren’t going to give us a single vote so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”