President Trump holds a press conference after a security briefing at his summer vacation residence in Bedminster, NJ. The president said Thursday he is disappointed in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s inability to get Obamacare repeal and replace legislation passed.
Earlier this week, McConnell said Trump had “excessive expectations” of the legislative branch.
QUESTION: And one more question about Senator — Senate Leader McConnell. We talked about — you talked about it outside a little bit earlier. But have you reached out to him since your phone call yesterday?
QUESTION: And have you given any consideration to asking his wife, your transportation secretary, to help bridge whatever…
TRUMP: Elaine is doing a very good job. We’re very proud of Elaine as secretary of transportation. As you know, as you said, Mitch’s wife. She’s done a very, very good job. I’m very disappointed in Mitch. But if he gets these bills passed, I’ll be very happy with him. I’ll be the first to admit it. But honestly, repeal and replace of Obamacare should have taken place. And it should have been on my desk virtually the first week that I was there or the first day that I was there. I’ve been hearing about it for seven years. So repeal and replace should have taken place.
The tax bill, tax cuts, tax reform — hopefully, they get that done. I hope they get it done. And the other thing would be the infrastructure bill. In addition to that, you know, we’ve passed a lot of things. We’ve passed accountability with the V.A. We’ve passed a lot. We’re doing a lot of great work at the V.A.
And we’re doing a lot of great work all over. You look at what’s happening with the coal industry, where they’re putting on — I mean, I looked at West Virginia the other day. I was in West Virginia making a speech. And they are doing great as a state. The great governor of West Virginia, Jim, who you saw, he just became a Republican. He left. It’s the first time in many, many years that a thing like that has happened. He just left the Democratic Party, and he became a Republican, which was a great moment; hasn’t happened in many years.
So, we’re very, very happy with what’s happened. We think it’s been an incredible six months. We’ve done, you know, a lot of record- setting business. It’s incredible. You look at what’s going on with the economy. And you know, to me, very important, you look at the enthusiasm of businesses. You look at companies moving back in. We just saw on Friday the two big car companies that are coming in. You saw last week Foxconn. They make the Apple iPhones. They make all of the desktop. They make — they’re the biggest in the world. They’re coming into Wisconsin with an unbelievable plant, like we’ve never seen before. And I actually said to Tim Cook of Apple, I said, “You know, Tim, I won’t consider myself successful as president unless I see you start building those big, beautiful plants that you have all over China, you start building them in the United States.” And he’s going to do that. …read more