Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Donald Trump to hold off action in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act, telling him to instead take it on the road as a 2020 campaign issue.
The two spoke Monday ahead of Trump’s evening tweets suggesting he had moved off his push for a big new health care bill.
“I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate,” McConnell told reporters Tuesday.
Asked if there was any difference between the two of them, the Republican leader said, “not any longer.”
McConnell said Trump told him he “accepted” the situation “would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign.” Trump indicated the new proposal would be what he “would be advocating in a second term if there were a Republican Congress.”
McConnell added, “So we don’t have a misunderstanding about that.”
Trump’s latest tweets punted the promise of a new GOP bill, which ran into stiff resistance from Republicans in Congress.
They encouraged him to focus instead on bipartisan health care changes they could accomplish with Democrats — including lowering prescription drug prices — rather than an overhaul of the “Obamacare” law that’s proved futile. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has made it clear Republicans should instead spend their time attacking the Democrats’ “Medicare for All” proposals.