Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are anxious after President Donald Trump on Friday called Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to discuss health care reform.
“The initial reaction among some Republicans was consternation, even though they didn’t know the upshot of the call,” Mike Allen and Jonathan Swan report for Axios.
A “well-wired” Republican told Axios that the failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act means President Trump, “can move without hesitation or ideological impediment to make a deal.”
The same source predicted it would “depress” Republican turnout in the 2018 midterm elections, “as Trump voters are further disconnected from the Congressional wing.”
Despite the early speculation on the political outcome, the report notes, “it’s not known what Trump proposed or how Schumer responded.”