President Donald Trump confirmed Sunday that he had characterized the House’s version of the Obamacare repeal bill as “mean,” but gave no indication that will lessen his support of the legislation.
Trump made the admission during a Fox News interview when he fielded a question about former President Barack Obama’s response to the recently unveiled Senate version of the bill. Obama insisted that “small tweaks over the course of the next couple weeks, under the guise of making these bills easier to stomach, cannot change the fundamental meanness at the core of this legislation.”
“He used my term, mean. That was my term because I want to see – and I speak from the heart, that’s what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart,” Trump told Fox News’ Pete Hegseth.
Earlier this month, CNN reported that Trump had called the House bill “mean” in a luncheon with Republican senators, saying it did not provide enough protection for individuals.