President Donald Trump passed on an opportunity on Sunday to denounce former President Barack Obama as a leader of the “resistance”, despite a Facebook post Thursday which criticized the Senate GOP healthcare bill, Newsmax reports.
“I don’t think he’s leading it. He actually just put out a small statement. I don’t see that leading it. But other people are leading”, Trump told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends”, commenting claims that Obama is the leader of the resistance, a political no-no in the long U.S. tradition of a peaceful transition of power.
Trump lamented the fact that even if the Republicans proposed a healthcare bill considered “the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn’t get a vote from a Democrat”.
“But that’s called the resistance, that’s a terrible word. Think of it. Their theme is resist. Their theme should be, let’s get together, envelop. Let’s get together. But their theme is resist”, Trump told Fox News, adding that “he happens to likes it”, because “voters see through it” and side with him in the way he is running his office.
“One of the things that should be solved, but it probably won’t be, is that the Republicans and Democrats don’t get together. They fight each other. The level of hostility. In other words, this isn’t just Trump, this has been like this for years”, he added.
However, Trump berated Obama for using his term “mean” in criticizing the Senate healthcare plan.
“Well he actually 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”, he said.
Obama’s Facebook post after the Thursday unveiling of the new Senate healthcare bill claimed “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”.
Trump also said there is a “very narrow path” to navigate to in a healthcare compromise, with conservatives holding out for a more complete ObamaCare repeal, moderate Republicans supporting the Senate proposal, and “resist” Democrats with an automatic no all battling amid a potential Senate vote before the July 4 recess.