President Donald Trump has announced he expects to make a deal on healthcare ‘soon’, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago.
Trump made the remarks as he was hosting a reception for senators and their spouses at the White House. It attracted both Republicans and Democrats.
Before taking to the stage, he was spotted walking into the ballroom with Melania.
It appeared the first lady was wearing a $2,390 Whistler stretch-crepe dress designed by Roland Mouret.
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President Donald Trump has announced he expects to make a deal on healthcare ‘soon’, even though his first attempt failed just a few days ago
Trump made the remarks as he was hosting a reception for senators and their spouses at the White House. He is seen arriving at the event in the East Room with Melania
Donald Trump speaks during a reception for Senators and their spouses in the East Room of the White House
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is seen with a smirk on his face during the event at the White House
When he got around to addressed the bipartisan crowd, he said it is ‘a very good thing’ and predicts a deal on health care will happen ‘very quickly.’
‘I know that we’re all going to make a deal on healthcare. And that’s such an easy one,’ the president claimed – despite recent results seeming to counter his claim.
Democrats have shown no interest in working with Republicans on the issue as long as the GOP remains determined to repeal Obamacare.
Trump also said he believes there is potential to work with the Democrats on other issues – including infrastructure.
‘Hopefully it’ll start being bipartisan. Because everybody really wants the same thing: We want greatness for this country that we love,’ he said.
Kellyanne Conway and Ted Cruz are seen in the middle of what appears to be a tense conversation at the reception in the White House
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump arrive to host a reception in DC on Tuesday night
Trump and Melania walk into the White House’s East Room for the reception attended by Senators and their spouses
Trump is seen speaking at the White House event on Tuesday, March 28. He told the crowd he expects it will be ‘easy’ to make a healthcare deal
Trump’s healthcare comments came after House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke in the present tense about efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, just days after the GOP leadership had to yank such a bill from the floor schedule because it lacked the votes to pass.
‘I don’t want us to become a factionalized majority. I want us to become a unified majority,’ Ryan (R-Wisconsin) told reporters in the Capitol.
‘And that means we’re going to sit down and talk things out until we get there. And that’s exactly what we’re doing,’ he said.
Ryan vouched for camaraderie within the fractious GOP conference after an inter-party split sank one of the party’s signature policy goals: repealing Obamacare and replacing it with what Ryan calls a more market-based system of tax credits and subsidies.
Speaker of the House Republican Paul Ryan (R) gestures during a news conference beside House Majority Leader Republican Kevin McCarthy. He said Republicans would ‘sit down and talk things out until we get there’ on healthcare
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., joined by from left by, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise of La., talks about getting past last week’s failure to pass a healthcare overhaul bill
WHITE HOUSE STAFF ALSO TO SKIP CORRESPONDENTS’ DINNER
White House staff will be skipping this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner along with President Donald Trump.
The White House Correspondents’ Association announced Tuesday evening that they’d been informed that staff would not be attending out of ‘solidarity’ with the president, who previously announced his intention to skip the annual dinner.
The board says in a statement that it ‘regrets this decision very much,’ but that the event will go on as planned.
The annual fundraising dinner, which raises money for college scholarships, typically draws a mix of politicians, journalists, celebrities, as well as the president and first lady.
Top White House staff members typically attend, often as guests of media organizations.
The dinner also typically features remarks from a comedian, often roasting the president, and a humorous address by the president himself, often roasting the press and political opponents.
Trump has long had an adversarial relationship with news media.
Since taking office, however, he has stepped up his criticism, accusing some prominent news outlets of publishing ‘fake news’ and calling them ‘the enemy of the American people.
‘We’re not going to retrench into our corners or put up dividing lines,’ he said. Ryan added: ‘There’s too much at stake to get bogged down in all of that.’
The White House was sending out a different message last week, when the bill’s fate appeared to be on the line, telling lawmakers that if they failed to pass a bill, Obamacare would remain.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer called the doomed bill headed to the floor ‘the only train leaving the station’ and said: ‘There is no plan B.’
On Tuesday, the New York Times reported that White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon has been meeting with conservative and more moderate members to discuss a possible path forward.
Sean Spicer (pictured on Tuesday) said last week there was ‘no plan B’ after the doomed healthcare proposal crashed and burned
Press Secretary Sean Spicer conducts a daily press briefing at the James Brady Press Room of the White House on Tuesday March 28
President Trump was less generous toward the Freedom Caucus online. ‘The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After so many bad years they were ready for a win!’ he wrote Monday night.
Spicer on Tuesday confirmed ongoing White House contacts but stopped far short of predicting success.
‘Staff has met with individuals and listened to them,’ he said.
‘I mean, have we had some discussions and listened to ideas? Yes,’ he continued.
‘Are we actively planning an immediate strategy? Not at this time.’
The discussion on healthcare came with a hard deadline looming to pass legislation by the end of next month to keep the government running.
GOP leaders in Congress and at the White House were trying to take steps to avoid stumbling into a shutdown.