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'We were very close': Trump on healthcare bill

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:00

U.S. President Donald Trump says ''we were very close'' after Republicans decided to scrap the vote to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies. "We were very close. It was a tight margin," Trump said from inside the Oval Office. Republican leaders of the House of Representatives pulled the legislation due to a shortage of votes despite desperate lobbying by the White House and its allies in Congress. They had planned a vote on the measure after Trump cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose. Republican moderates as well as the most conservative lawmakers had objected to the legislation. The White House and House leaders were unable to come up with a plan that satisfied both moderates and conservatives.

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'We were very close': Trump on healthcare bill

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 01:00