President Trump said Friday that he and Republican House leaders have pulled a key health care bill from consideration, ending for now efforts to replace and repeal Obamacare.
“We just pulled it,” Mr. Trump told Robert Costa, a reporter for The Washington Post, in a phone call.
A GOP leadership aide said the speaker spoke to Mr. Trump at 3 p.m., and the president asked him to pull the bill.
The move is a big loss for Mr. Trump and House Speaker Paul D. Ryan after days of trying to persuade GOP lawmakers to back the measure.
“I don’t blame Paul,” Mr. Trump told the reporter, referring to Mr. Ryan. The president initiated the phone call, Mr. Costa said on Twitter.
The news broke just as the debate on the bill ended in the House, and the chamber went into an unexpected recess.
Republicans were huddling in the basement to talk strategy.
“As far as I can tell, we’re moving on,” said Rep. Peter King, New York Republican.
But what the next steps were was unclear to the members as they emerged from the meeting. They said they weren’t told any next steps.
Right now the left wing news media will blame President Trump, even though the White House had no legal role in what happened today. What happened today is the Congress, specifically the GOP in the House, could not get the votes to pass the bill. And thank God for that, because had this bill passed I believe the GOP would lose the House and Senate in 2018.