Trump gave himself high marks as he reflected on the unofficial end of that honeymoon period in office. While calling the ‘100 days’ measure “artificial,” he touted progress in courting China to counter the North Korean threat, confirming a Supreme Court justice and making headway on his big-ticket agenda items – like health care.
The president acknowledged in the interview with “The First 100 Days” that he’s “disappointed” with how congressional Republicans handled legislation like the ObamaCare replacement, an initial version of which was pulled from the House floor last month amid flagging support.
“I was disappointed that they didn’t have more in line by the time I walked in,” Trump said.
He noted ObamaCare itself took “17 months of brutality” to get approved and, further, suggested Congress may not have a choice about approving a replacement.
“ObamaCare is exploding. ObamaCare is dead — essentially, ObamaCare is dead, it’s not going to make it,” he said, citing states like Tennessee where insurance companies are fleeing the exchange programs set up under ObamaCare.
Since the March meltdown on the initial bill, House Republicans have come back to the table with a new version that has garnered support from the conservative Freedom Caucus. They were unable to bring it to a vote before the end of Trump’s first 100 days on Saturday, with the necessary votes still being sought, but Trump said,” I believe they’re going to get it done.”
He added, “I think maybe next week sometime. They’re really coming together.”
Trump said House Speaker Paul Ryan is “trying very, very hard,” and he has confidence in the various factions of the party coming together.
He also voiced confidence about moving forward with his newly unveiled blueprint for tax reform. “We’re going to lower taxes,” he said, “and the biggest beneficiaries are the small companies, and the biggest of all beneficiaries are middle-income people who have really been hurt.”
He also said he wants to get GDP growth to 4 percent or higher.