President Trump met with truckers and executives Thursday afternoon, taking a few minutes for a photo op inside a truck cab on the White House South Portico.
The move came as House GOP leaders continued to fight to get enough votes to pass their health care bill. The vote, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed in a setback for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
During the trucking event, Trump could be seen climbing into the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler, pumping his fists, grabbing onto the steering wheel, and honking the vehicle’s horn.
Trump also met with trucking industry workers and executives inside the White House to speak about the American Health Care Act. During the meeting, Trump seemed optimistic about the passage of the bill.
“We have a great bill, and I think we have a very good chance,” he said, according to a pool report.
The president noted that he thinks it will be a close vote on the bill in the House, but dismissed it as just “politics.”
“We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “It’s going to be a very close vote.”
In a press briefing, spokesman Sean Spicer said that the trucking industry “has suffered greatly under Obamacare.”
President Trump climbs into a truck and honks its horn at a White House event with trucking executives pic.twitter.com/d2MKdxYc2i— CNN (@CNN) March 23, 2017