A day earlier, Trump threatened that if a new health care bill didn't pass soon, he would end the White House's cost-sharing payments that help keep Obamacare afloat.
The Affordable Care Act required members of Congress, along with their staff, to buy health-care insurance through the online markets created under the law, the signature legislative achievement of the Obama presidency.
White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said Trump will decide "this week" whether he's going to make good on that threat - leaving a major part of Obamacare's future hanging. "The president will not accept those who say, quote, 'It's time to move on'". Trump branded Senate Republicans as "total quitters" unless they took up another health-care vote and claimed that Senate Democrats are "laughing at" Republicans for maintaining the chamber's filibuster rule.
The Senate's latest attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare failed last week when three GOP senators - John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of ME - voted against the measure.
Trump said in a tweet, "Don't give up Republican senators, the World is watching".
Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney said Sunday that official White House policy is for the Senate to stay focused on repealing ObamaCare, as Donald Trump marked his 43rd trip to one of his golf properties since assuming the presidency. McConnell has said the unfinished business includes addressing a backlog of executive and judicial nominations, ahead of a busy agenda in September that involves passing a defense spending bill and raising the debt limit.
"So in the White House's view, they can't move on in the Senate", Mulvaney said.
"They need to stay, they need to work, they need to pass something", Mulvaney told Tapper. Currently, their employer (i.e., taxpayers) pays 72 percent of their premiums. The payments reduce deductibles and co-payments for consumers with modest incomes.
The American people, however, may actually have very different priorities from what the White House believes. Demand another vote before voting on any other bill!