Following the collapse of the GOP’s health care bill, President Donald Trump remarked that Republicans should just let Obamacare fail and blame Democrats for the failure. “I’m not going to own it,” he told reporters yesterday.
During an appearance on CNN this morning, Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) attempted to provide cover for the president’s comments by stating that those in Congress need to take ownership of any law failing but POTUS shouldn’t because he’s still new to the office. However, CNN anchor Kate Bolduan wasn’t buying what he was selling.
After Burgess told Bolduan that as a House Republican he fully understands that he’ll get the blame when something fails, the CNN host asked him if that meant he felt the president “is a little off base” with his remarks.
“No, I wouldn’t say he is off base,” the Texas lawmaker responded, leading Bolduan to question why he doesn’t think Trump “owns this” as she noted that Republicans control all branches of government.
The congressman went on to state that Trump “did not cause the problem” before pointing out that the president’s “only been on the job for six months” while House Republicans have been running on this issue for years.
“He ran on it too, Congressman,” Bolduan exclaimed. “He ran on it too.”
Following Burgess claiming that Trump needs for Congress to do its job, Bolduan hit back by bringing up the president’s Rose Garden celebration when the House passed the American Health Care Act in May.
“I hear you but the president was more than happy to own health care when the House did act and passed its version of health care and held a pep rally at the White House,” she noted. “The president seemed more than happy to own it then.”
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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