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McCain unsure if Trump understands complexities of Senate health bill

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, with Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russia. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters Wednesday he is unsure if President Donald Trump has a firm grasp on all the nuances of the Senate health care bill.

McCain made his statement shortly after Trump indicated he was optimistic about the bill.

However, Trump also told reporters that getting approval of a bill will be “very tough.” But he predicted that Republicans will at least “get very close” and may “get it over the line.”

Republican leadership had hoped to have the Senate vote on the bill ahead of the July 4 recess, but that idea was all but ruled out earlier this week.

While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has scrambled to get a deal together in hopes of a Friday vote, there was little evidence he would be able to get senators to agree to a new version of the legislation in such a short time span.

When asked if he thought the Senate would vote on a revised bill by the end of the week, he did not seem optimistic.

McCain said a delayed vote on the bill would allow time to make changes, specifically portions about Medicaid.

Gov. Doug Ducey has urged McCain to work to protect parts of the state’s Medicaid system that he believes will be hurt by the Senate proposal.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.