President Donald Trump told reporters asking about the Republican health care bill that he had a big "surprise" in store for them. He made the short comments as he was hosting the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs at the Oval Office Wednesday.
"Does anybody want to see the Oval Office?" he asked the group of professional baseball players, who laughed and answered affirmatively. "We'll leave them behind," he said, referring to the press.
Trump: “Health care is working along very well … big surprise … I think you’re gonna have a great, great surprise. It’s gonna be great.” pic.twitter.com/JLXrEdv4FC
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"And just to do a little official business," Trump said, addressing the media, "health care is working along very well."
"We're gonna have a big surprise with a great health care package," he told them. "Now they're happy."
"We're gonna have a great, great surprise," he said, walking away as the reporters asked about his revelation.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Wednesday that he had reached a breakthrough idea with the president of splitting up the bill in order to help it pass Congress. A health care bill drafted by Republicans passed the House of Representatives narrowly, but the Senate decided to draw up their own from scratch.
The bills have been derided on both sides, from conservative Republicans who say it's merely Obamacare Lite and doesn't do enough to repeal Obamacare, to liberal Democrats who say it will literally kill thousands of Americans.
Singer-actress Bette Midler went so far as to equate it to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad gassing his own citizens, while Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said that the House version of the bill would bring "death, pain and suffering."