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Doubts About Trump's Ability After Health Care Flop

| by Alex Scarr
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A former communications director for one-time presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said that he thought President Donald Trump's presidency is coming quickly to a figurative end.

Speaking with MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show on July 28, Rick Tyler expressed his doubts that Trump would learn to govern or become presidential in doing so, leaving the American public with extreme doubts about his long-term abilities, according to the New York Daily News.

Tyler continued by contrasting Trump with former President Bill Clinton, who he also noted struggled in his first two years before finding his footing and ability to lead after the Oklahoma City bombing attacks in 1995.

Tyler said he does not believe Trump can, or will, change his behavior.

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"But this president cannot change," Tyler told "Morning Joe" host Mika Brzezinski. "Nothing about his behavior tells me, since the beginning of this process, that he was going to change."

Tyler's remarks came after a late-night vote in the Senate to repeal portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. The bill, which was introduced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, and supported heavily by Trump, failed in the early morning hours July 28, reports CNN.

McConnell categorized the bill's failure as a "disappointing moment." All 48 Democrats and three Senate Republicans -- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Susan Collins of Maine and John McCain of Arizona -- voted against the bill. It was defeated 51-49.

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Murkowski and Collins had been against the bill since early numbers suggested more than 20 million people would lose access to heath care if it were passed, but McCain cast the deciding vote on July 25 that allowed this bill to head to the Senate floor for debate. Many believed that indicated McCain was in favor of passing the bill.

"I've stated time and time again that one of the major failures of Obamacare was that it was rammed through Congress by Democrats on a strict-party line basis without a single Republican vote," McCain said in a statement, urging colleagues to return to the traditional forms of legislation that include hearings and debate.

Trump took to Twitter to broadcast his displeasure with the bill's defeat, stating he will now wait to see what he expects to be the collapse of Obamacare before stepping in to fix it.

"If you cannot change and you cannot become presidential, and you cannot convince the majority of the American people to enact some legislative agenda that he wants passed, his presidency, legislatively, is effectively over," said Tyler, reports the New York Daily News.

Republicans from the House of Representatives have expressed doubts about the Senate's abilities to pass any meaningful legislation during a Trump presidency, according to Politico.

Sources: New York Daily News, CNN, Politico / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, AP via Politico, AP via New York Daily News

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