Donald Trump said during an interview with “Fox & Friends” that if it wasn’t for a hospitalized GOP Senator the Republican’s healthcare bill would have had enough votes by Friday to pass the Senate.
“We have the votes, but reconciliation is a disaster. But as you know, it ends on Friday. So we don’t have enough time, because we have one senator who’s a yes vote, a great person, but he’s in the hospital,” Trump told “Fox & Friends” in the interview, which was taped Wednesday in Indiana.
“And he’s a yes vote. So we can’t do it by Friday. So we have the votes. We will do it some time at the beginning of the year, but prior to the election in November.”
This wasn’t the first time Trump blasted Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) for not being able to vote on the repeal bill.
“With one Yes vote in hospital & very positive signs from Alaska and two others (McCain is out), we have the HCare Vote, but not for Friday!” Trump wrote on Twitter earlier Wednesday.
But Cochran blasted Trump, saying he’s not hospitalized and he is recuperating at his home.
“Thanks for the well-wishes. I’m not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon,” Cochran tweeted.
Thanks for the well-wishes. I'm not hospitalized, but am recuperating at home in Mississippi and look forward to returning to work soon.
— Senator Thad Cochran (@SenThadCochran) September 27, 2017
Republican Senate leaders decided not to vote on their Obamacare repeal bill this week due to its lack of support among several GOP senators.