Trump calls fight over health care bill ‘a big fat beautiful negotiation’

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 13: President Donald Trump attends a meeting on healthcare with Elias Seife (L) of Florida and Brittany Ivey (2-L) of Georgia in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The House Republicans' bill known as the 'American Health Care Act', which is intended to replace the Affordable Care Act and is endorsed by President Trump, has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. (Photo by )
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President Donald Trump.

President Donald Trump is describing the fight over the proposed Republican health care law as ‘‘a big fat beautiful negotiation.’’

Trump is holding his first Cabinet meeting of his administration — a meeting he says he hopes will be ‘‘historic.’’

He tells his Cabinet members and reporters that he’s working to repeal former President Barack Obama’s health care law despite it ‘‘getting a false rep that maybe it’s OK’’ when, as he sees it, ‘‘it’s failed’’ and ‘‘imploding.’’


Trump also says he’s being updated about the powerful winter storm that’s expected to hit the Northeast Monday evening.

He says ‘‘everybody in government is fully prepared and ready’’ for the storm. And he’s urging Americans to listen to local officials and take their advice about what to do.