Trump Threatens Dean Heller To His Face: ‘He Wants To Remain a Senator, Doesn’t He?’
Following the collapse of the Senate’s health care bill earlier this week, President Donald Trump arranged a lunch meeting with all of the GOP members of the Senate in order to convince them to still vote on the legislation. This was after a 24-hour period where he flip-flopped on his position, stating that Congress should vote for an option to only repeal Obamacare before saying that the GOP should just let Obamacare fail.
In public remarks at the luncheon, the president hammered away at the Affordable Care Act and former President Obama before turning his attention to reticent Republican lawmakers in the room. And to one of those senators, who just so happened to be seated next to him, the president straight up issued a threat.
Addressing Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), who was publicly opposed to the first draft of the health care bill, Trump indicated that Heller will now be on board if he wants to remain in office:
“This was the one we were worried about, you weren’t there. You’re going to be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he? Okay, and I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re going to appreciate whenever you do.”
The president added that any senator who votes against a motion to proceed to debate the bill in the Senate is effectively telling America that they’re fine with Obamacare.
Last month, a pro-Trump conservative group briefly ran attack ads against Heller before pulling them. Heller is considered one of the most vulnerable GOP senators in the 2018 mid-term elections.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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