President Trump said Thursday he still has confidence in Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell despite the most recent failure of Republicans' attempts to overhaul Obamacare.
"I do," Trump said on Fox News when asked if he still has confidence in McConnell, R-Ky. "I think he has to get rid of the filibuster rule. It's a disaster for the Republican Party because it means you need 60 votes on most pieces of legislation, and you're not going to get it."
Republicans were supposed to vote on a healthcare proposal from Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., earlier this week, but the vote was cancelled after it became clear there wasn't enough support for it to pass. In that vote, Republicans needed just 50 votes to pass it, not 60, but couldn't reach that threshold.
GOP lawmakers have now turned their attention to tax reform, and the president rolled out his framework for a proposal overhauling the tax code in Indiana on Wednesday.
Despite the most recent failure of the Senate's healthcare bill, Trump said Republicans will try again to overhaul Obamacare next year, but in the meantime, the president said he plans to begin talking with Democrats to work on a bipartisan proposal.
"I'm going to start negotiating with Democrats, and we'll see what happens," Trump said in an interview before his speech in Indiana. "If we can do a really great healthcare bill, bipartisan, I'm OK with that. … I'll negotiate with the Democrats. If we can come up with a fantastic healthcare bill, that's OK for me. Good for both parties. Bipartisan."