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Trump Aides Say He Doesn't Understand Health Care

| by Michael Allen
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Some aides to President Donald Trump say that he does not understand the details of the health care bill that Republicans are attempting to pass in the Senate.

Six present and former political advisors and aides told The Daily Beast about Trump's lack of knowledge and interest in health care legislation.

One official was asked if Trump understood the important parts of the GOP House and Senate bills, and the official chuckled: "Not to my knowledge."

Another official told the news site: "The president understands winning."

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A White House official compared Trump's approach to health care to his condensed daily briefings that have less information than Obama's did: "It is fair to say the president takes [a] similar approach to health care. [It’s] 'less is more.'"

Trump's deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on June 28 that the administration had a "great day" on June 27, the same day Senate Republicans announced they would delay an attempt to pass the GOP health care bill, notes Raw Story.

Sanders was asked about Trump's disinterest in health care matters by The Daily Beast, and replied: "The president has been talking about repealing and replacing Obamacare since the campaign. He has made it a priority in his administration and he is committed to reforming health care to make it better for all Americans."

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A former senior Trump campaign aide told the news site: "There would be times when [Trump] would describe what was clearly Medicare ... but say Medicaid, and when we pointed that out, he would say: 'That's what I said, Medicare and Medicaid.'"

"It wasn’t really a policy-oriented campaign -- policy wasn’t on our radar," a second former Trump campaign aide said. "The sense was, say what wins and figure out the details later."

Trump promised during the 2016 campaign not to cut Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security.

When asked about Trump's support for the GOP Senate bill that cuts Medicaid, Sanders said on June 22: "I don’t think that the president has specifically weighed in that it’s right to cut Medicaid," notes The Weekly Standard.

Trump had a meeting with Republican senators on June 27, but at least one senator felt that Trump lacked even a basic understanding of the Senate plan, notes The New York Times.

Trump tweeted an attack on the newspaper on June 28:

The failing [New York Times] writes false story after false story about me. They don't even call to verify the facts of a story. A Fake News Joke!

Some of the Fake News Media likes to say that I am not totally engaged in healthcare. Wrong, I know the subject well & want victory for U.S.

Sources: The Daily Beast, Raw Story, The Weekly Standard, The New York Times, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (2) / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, White House/Wikimedia Commons, Mobilus In Mobili/Wikimedia Commons

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