President Trump bashed Senator Elizabeth Warren in a “Fox and Friends” interview that aired on Sunday.
During the interview, Trump bemoaned the opposition to the GOP health care plan, saying that he wished Democrats and Republicans could put aside their differences to iron out a proposal that would please both sides.
“It’s so easy. But we won’t get one Democrat vote, not one,” Trump said. “If it were the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn’t get a vote.”
A few moments later, Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth asked, “How do you overcome that when someone like Senator Warren literally says, ‘People are going to die because of President Trump’s health care bill’?”
“Well, I actually think she’s a hopeless case,” Trump said. “I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas. I actually think that she is just somebody who has a lot of hatred, a lot of anger.”
When Hegseth interrupted to note that Warren has a “loud microphone” as a leader in her party, Trump replied, “I don’t think she has the kind of support that some people do. I think she hurt Hillary. I watched her campaigning for Hillary, and she was so angry. Hillary would be sitting back, listening to her, trying to smile. But there were a lot of people in that audience going, ‘Wow, is this what we want?’ There’s a lot of anger there and hostility. I think she’s a highly overrated voice.”
Warren, a leading liberal figure and defender of the Affordable Care Act, has opposed efforts to pass a bill to replace the law.
When House Republicans passed a health care measure in May, Warren said that “people will die” as a result of the measure. After the Senate version was released on Thursday, she said the plan “kicks dirt in the face of the American people.”
The Democrat reiterated her opposition on Sunday, saying the health care bill being pushed by Senate Republicans is a ‘‘monstrosity’’ and Trump should ‘‘junk it and start over.’’
During the Fox interview aired Sunday, Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are ‘‘that far off’’ on a health overhaul and signaled that last-minute changes were coming to win enough support for passage.
Trump also affirmed that he had described a House-passed bill as ‘‘mean.’’
‘‘I want to see a bill with heart,’’ he said, confirming a switch from his laudatory statements about the House bill at a Rose Garden ceremony with House GOP leaders last month.Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.