Trump’s ultimatum: Pass health care bill or Obamacare stays
President Trump issued an ultimatum to Congress on Thursday night — pass the GOP heath care bill by Friday or he will leave Obamacare as it is and work on other issues, sources said.
The the Commander in Chief’s stern demand came after a chaotic day on Capitol Hill, in which Republican leaders were forced to postpone a vote on their ObamaCare replacement plan until Friday for fear it did not have the support to pass.
As it became clear the signature proposal was in danger, Trump doubled down by telling Congress that the time for negotiation over.
“The president said tomorrow there will be a vote,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told The Post.
“It’s a vote to maintain ObamaCare or it’s a vote to get rid of Obamacare,” Collins said. “If he can’t get the votes tomorrow he’ll never get the votes, so it’s time to move on.”
Trump, who personally courted legislators at the White House early Thursday, sent the my-way-or-the-highway message to the Capitol through his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, who addressed House Republicans during a hastily called meeting in the Capitol basement.
“Mick Mulvaney was very direct in saying, we’re done negotiating,” Collins said.
Putting pressure on Republicans, Trump said this will be their one shot to get it done, or else he’ll turn his focus to tax reform and immigration.