The Hill article A few weeks ago, President Trump tweeted a list of Republican senators who voted against the GOP health care bill.
The list included Sens.
Susan Collins Susan Margaret CollinsGOP opens door to holding Kavanaugh committee vote this week GOP leader: Kavanaugh ‘unfortunate mistake’ Trump blasts Collins over GOP health bill: ‘It’s like a slap in the face’ MORE (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski Lisa Ann MurkowskiHow Flake came to hold Kavanaugh testimony The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — Kavanaugh confirmation faces fresh uncertainties Senate panel eyes Kavanaugh floor vote next week MORE (L.K.A.), who voted to allow a bipartisan group of senators to begin work on a health care proposal.
Trump also tweeted a photo of Collins and Murkowski holding hands as the senators leave the Senate chamber, with Trump calling them “very good friends” who were “wonderful” and “very important to the country.”
But as the days went by, the President’s tweets became less frequent, and he seemed to acknowledge the lack of support for his bill on the Senate floor.
On Monday, after Sen. Jeff Flake Jeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Kavanaugh, Ford ‘have no moral standing’ on Kavanaugh Flake: Flake ‘cannot be bullied’ MORE Jr. Jeffree FlakeJones to vote against Kavanaugh: Weakening American institutions on trade is a major mistake Kavanaugh, Flake urge caution on using opioid ‘pill’ MORE wrote on Twitter that Trump should stop tweeting about Senate Democrats, Trump agreed.
“They are not supporting the bill.
That is their responsibility.
Let them do it themselves,” Trump said on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends.”
“I think we need to get on with it, because it’s a problem and it’s going to be very difficult, but if they can’t support it, we can’t get along,” Trump added.
After the tweetstorm, Trump seemed to soften his stance on the issue.
He tweeted that Collins and other Democrats were “very strong supporters of the American people,” and that “they should get their health care done” on their own.
Collins has been a vocal critic of the Republican plan, but on Monday she defended her vote to allow the Senate to begin debating the legislation.
“It is very clear from the last debate, the Democrats have been extremely weak on health care,” she said.
“They’re not supporting our bill.
We are moving forward on a bill that is going to pass.”
Collins also defended her decision to vote for the health care measure, telling Fox that it was not an easy vote.
“I’m not the kind of person who goes around saying, ‘I voted for it, but it’s so bad I’m not going to do it again,'” she said on the show.
“The American people have spoken.
We need to move forward.”