President Trump just wrapped up a brief Q&A with reporters from the Oval Office on the failure of the American Health Care Act.
“We learned a lot”:
Trump says "it certainly was an interesting period of time." He adds, "we learned a lot. We learned a lot about loyalty."
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) March 24, 2017
He’s “disappointed” in the conservative Freedom Caucus that opposed the bill, but he doesn’t blame them for the bill’s failure:
Trump says he's "disappointed" & "a little suprised" when asked if he blames @freedomcaucus. Says a "better bill" will emerge.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) March 24, 2017
The president went out of his way to praise Speaker of the House Paul Ryan:
Trump: "I want to thank the Republican party. I want to thank Paul Ryan. He worked very, very hard."
— Gabby Morrongiello (@gabriellahope_) March 24, 2017
“I worked as a team player”:
Trump: "I worked as a team player and would have loved to see it passed"
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) March 24, 2017
Trump went on to blame Democrats:
BREAKING: President Trump says health care bill fell short in lead-up to House vote because of no support from Democrats.
— The Associated Press (@AP) March 24, 2017
And called out losers Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi:
Trump, moments ago: "I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer."
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 24, 2017
Moments ago… pic.twitter.com/vGkUHXFJmH
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) March 24, 2017
As for the plan going forward, it seems that it’s let Obamacare fail:
President Trump: The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode, it is exploding right now. https://t.co/ggN4f143mn
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) March 24, 2017
And this statement from the president has a lot of reporters a little peeved right now:
Trump: "I never said 'repeal and replace Obamacare within 64 days.’”
Wow. Correct. Trump said he’d replace it on Day One.
— Christina Wilkie (@christinawilkie) March 24, 2017
Trump today: “I never said repeal it and replace it within 64 days”
— Michael Schwab (@michaelschwab13) March 24, 2017