Donald Trump’s health care debacle, which began in the House with a motion to suspend the rules and to hold votes on repeal and replace, has turned into a complete collapse, the White House said on Thursday, adding that it is “time to put the pieces back together.”
Trump’s latest tweet, which was posted just after 1 p.m.
Eastern, appeared to be an attack on Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Republican-led Congress.
“We are still trying to work out what we will do.
But total chaos,” Trump tweeted.
“Cabinet to be announced soon.
Schumer said on Twitter that Trump was “making it up as he goes along.”
Schumer also said that he was considering joining Democrats in blocking the Senate’s repeal bill.
In an interview with CNN, Trump also seemed to suggest that the White, House, and Congress were in a state of “total chaos.”
The president’s tweets were the latest in a series of tweets since Friday that have threatened to derail his effort to repeal and overhaul the Affordable Care Act, which is the signature domestic policy achievement of his presidency.
Trump’s tweets began with a reference to Schumer as “Chuck Schumer’s puppet” and a reference at one point to the Senate health care bill as “the Trojan Horse.”
Schumer, who was the first Democrat to announce support for the Senate bill in February, said he is “furious” that Trump has used his tweet as an excuse to try to sabotage the bill.
“I will not stand for this.
I will not be complicit in the continuing sabotage of the American people,” Schumer tweeted.
Schumer said he will join Democrats in voting against the Senate repeal bill on Monday.
Trump has threatened to veto any attempt to pass his own repeal bill in the Senate.
Trump tweeted earlier on Thursday that he is considering joining the Democrats in opposing any attempt by the Senate to repeal the ACA.
“If they want to vote for the House bill, I will be voting for it.
I am 100% in favor of the House,” Trump said.
“You have a lot of good people, but I am not 100%.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the GOP has “no plans” to pursue a repeal bill with a “clean” replacement bill.
McConnell said he has “full confidence” in House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is the sole Republican leader.
Ryan, though, has not given any indication that he will take a leadership role in the repeal effort.
On Thursday, Ryan appeared to walk back his earlier comments.
“The American people deserve the facts, and the American public deserves to get the facts.
We’re not going to do that,” Ryan told reporters.
“This is an election year.
We don’t have the luxury of waiting on someone else.
We have to get back to work.”
McConnell also told reporters that Republicans have to “make progress” on the House’s health insurance replacement bill if they want their vote to pass.
McConnell added that Republicans will be “working to pass the bill” and that the “vote will be on Monday.”
The House’s plan would replace Obamacare’s individual insurance markets with state-run marketplaces.
Republicans are now holding their last two votes on the bill before the week’s Thanksgiving recess.
They plan to vote on the legislation Friday, which has the support of more than half of Republicans.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to again warn the Senate against taking its repeal bill through the chamber.
“They will have a total collapse.
They will be making it up,” Trump wrote.
We are still working out what will happen.”
Trump has also threatened to move forward with a repeal plan that would replace the ACA’s Medicaid expansion with a block grant system, which he has criticized Republicans for supporting.
In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump wrote, “The Republicans are taking the votes on their massive tax bill and blocking it on the final day of recess.
This is total chaos.
They are playing the Russian card again.
The Democrats are playing up fake news and they are playing politics.”
Ryan said Thursday that there is no reason to rush the legislation through the Senate and called on Republicans to wait until after the holidays to begin working on their replacement.
“Democrats and Republicans are doing exactly the same thing,” Ryan said.
The House passed its healthcare bill in March with a vote of 227 to 209.
The Senate also passed its version of the legislation in March, with a 51-49 vote.
Republicans say they are close to having the votes to pass their own version of legislation with a simple majority of 51 votes.
Democrats are still demanding a supermajority of 51 for a vote on their own plan, which they say is the only way they can move forward.