Trump calls McCain ‘no’ vote on health care a slap to GOP’s face

Sep 25, 2017, 10:12 AM | Updated: Mar 1, 2018, 3:49 pm
(AP Photos)...
(AP Photos)
(AP Photos)

PHOENIX — President Donald Trump said Monday that U.S. Sen. John McCain’s “no” vote on a health care bill that would repeal and replace Obamacare was a political slap in the face.

“You can call it what you want, but that’s the only reason we don’t have [health care reform], is because of John McCain,” Trump told the Birmingham, Alabama-based “Rick and Bubba Show.”

Trump said he and other party officials thought the longtime Arizona senator was a lock to support the bill. Instead, he voted against it.

“What McCain has done is a tremendous slap to the face of the Republican Party.”

Trump said McCain’s supposed change of heart came at a very late hour, despite the senator having called for a bipartisan solution hours before the vote.

“He was good to go all the way up to 1 or 2 o’clock in the morning, when he voted no,” Trump said. “He was good to go all weeklong, all monthlong, he was good to go. Then, all of a sudden, he goes thumbs down.”

On Monday, McCain told CNN that he does not “react to what the president says. I react to the things he does.”

McCain was one of three Republican senators to vote against the bill in July. He said after the fact that he voted in the negative because the bill did not do what politicians promised.

“From the beginning, I have believed that Obamacare should be repealed and replaced with a solution that increases competition, lowers costs, and improves care for the American people,” his statement said. “The so-called ‘skinny repeal’ amendment the Senate voted on today would not accomplish those goals.

“While the amendment would have repealed some of Obamacare’s most burdensome regulations, it offered no replacement to actually reform our health care system and deliver affordable, quality health care to our citizens.”

It was likely Trump and McCain would butt heads again soon over the issue, as the senator said he would not vote in support of the latest health care bill proposed by Senate Republicans.

“I cannot in good conscience vote for the Graham-Cassidy proposal,” McCain said in a statement last week. “I believe we could do better working together, Republicans and Democrats, and have not yet really tried.”

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(ADOT Photo)...

ADOT opens 4-mile State Route 24 extension in far East Valley

The Arizona Department of Transportation opened a new four-mile stretch of State Route 24 in the East Valley on Thursday.
20 hours ago
(AP photos)...
Danny Shapiro

Maricopa County asks court to sanction Lake, Finchem over ‘demonstrably false’ election suit

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is asking a court to sanction Kari Lake, Mark Finchem and their lawyers for filing an election lawsuit they say is frivolous.
20 hours ago
(Jan Brewer and Kari Lake/Facebook Photos)...

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer wants Lake to stop elections rhetoric, pivot to policy

Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday she wants Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake to stop her elections rhetoric and start focusing on policy issues ahead of November's general election.
20 hours ago
(KTAR News Photo)...

DPS says traffic stop suspect shot at troopers near I-17 in Phoenix

Arizona highway troopers exchanged gunfire in Phoenix with a suspect who initially refused to yield to a traffic stop, then took off on foot Wednesday night.
20 hours ago
(Phoenix Police Department Photo)...

Phoenix-area drug trafficking investigation leads to 14 indictments, 500K fentanyl pills

An investigation into a drug trafficking organization based in Mexico resulted in the indictments of 14 members for various drugs and weapons charges, authorities said Wednesday.
20 hours ago
People exit the 1891 Courthouse after a meeting with the Pinal County Attorney and Board of Supervi...
Associated Press

Pinal County to waive election costs to cities after primary ballot woes

Pinal County, where the Aug. 2 primary election was beset with multiple issues that led to the firing of its election director, will waive the costs for running municipal elections in 11 cities and towns.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Sanderson Ford

Don’t let rising fuel prices stop you from traveling Arizona this summer

There's no better time to get out on the open road and see what the beautiful state of Arizona has to offer. But if the cost of gas is putting a cloud over your summer vacation plans, let Sanderson Ford help with their wide-range selection of electric vehicles.
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Vaccines are safe if you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Are you pregnant? Do you have a friend or loved one who’s expecting?
Trump calls McCain ‘no’ vote on health care a slap to GOP’s face