Speaking from the White House Tuesday afternoon along side Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald Trump said he is "disappointed" in the failure of the healthcare bill in the Senate and said he intends to allow Obamacare to collapse while continuing to pursue the rest of his agenda.
"I'm disappointed, very disappointed. For so many years I've been hearing repeal and replace," Trump said. "Let Obamacare fail and then everyone will have to come together to fix it."
"Let Obamacare fail, it'll be a lot easier," he continued. "We're not going to own it. I'm not going to own it. I can tell you Republicans are not going to own it. Let Obamacare fail and then Democrats are going to come to us asking 'How do we fix it?'"
Trump didn't fault Republicans for the failure, but instead slammed Democrats for obstructing the legislation and his agenda as a whole. He said he plans to help get more Republicans elected in 2018.
"We have to get more Republicans elected because we have to get it done," Trump said. "I think we're going to do very well actually in 18' [2018 midterm elections]....we're going to have to go out and get more Republicans elected in 18' and I'll be working very hard for that to happen."
Earlier today the President repeated his calls for Republicans to get rid of the filibuster on legislation.
The Senate must go to a 51 vote majority instead of current 60 votes. Even parts of full Repeal need 60. 8 Dems control Senate. Crazy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 18, 2017