In his second interview with Fox & Friends in a week, President Donald Trump wanted to make sure he got credit for being the first one to label the House Republican health care plan “mean.”
During their conversation, host Pete Hegseth brought up former President Barack Obama’s criticism when Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the health care plan. At the time, Obama called the proposal “mean” while stating that it represented a massive transfer of wealth.
“Well, he used my term — mean,” Trump said. “That was my term because I want to see — and I speak from the heart — that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart.”
With this statement, Trump is confirming earlier reports that he told Capitol Hill Republicans that the American Health Care Act was “mean,” despite the fact that he celebrated its passage through the House last month with a Rose Garden ceremony.
In response to those reports, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said that Trump labeling the bill as “mean” was a “misinterpretation” of what he actually said.
Watch a portion of the interview above, via Fox News.
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