TRUMP: We're going to have a 'big surprise' on healthcare

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested a “big surprise” in store on the Senate Republican healthcare bill, a day after its progress stalled in the chamber.

“Healthcare is working along very well. We’re gonna have a big surprise,” Trump said during an event in the White House with the Chicago Cubs. “We have a great healthcare package.”

When asked for clarification, Trump replied, “We’re going to have a great, great surprise.”

The comments came a day after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell delayed a vote on the GOP bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, due to divisions between the conservative and moderate wings of the party.

Moderates believe the bill goes too far in its cuts to programs like Medicaid, while conservatives say it does not go far enough in repealing Obamacare.

Trump also held a meeting with the full Senate Republican conference on Tuesday, accounts of which suggested the president seemed to not grasp some of the basics of the healthcare bill.

McConnell is aiming to get an revised agreement on the legislation by Friday before the week-long July 4 recess so the Congressional Budget Office can score it over the break. That would set the bill up for a vote the week of July 10.

GOP senators on Wednesday hinted that such a deal was not close.

Sen. Rand Paul, a conservative holdout, told reporters the conference is at an “impasse.” Sen. Susan Collins, a moderate hold out, said she still had serious, fundamental issues with the bill.

When asked if an agreement on the healthcare bill would be ready by Friday, Sen. John McCain told reporters: “Pigs could fly.”

Watch Trump’s comments below:


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