President Trump issued an ultimatum to Congress on Thursday night: Pass the GOP heath care bill by Friday or he will leave ObamaCare as it is and work on other issues, sources said.
The commander-in-chief’s stern demand came after a chaotic day on Capitol Hill, in which Republican leaders were forced to postpone a vote on their ObamaCare replacement plan until Friday for fear it did not have the support to pass.
As it became clear the signature proposal was in danger, Trump doubled down by telling Congress that the time for negotiation was over.
“The president said tomorrow there will be a vote,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) told The Post.
“It’s a vote to maintain ObamaCare or it’s a vote to get rid of ObamaCare,” Collins said. “If he can’t get the votes tomorrow, he’ll never get the votes, so it’s time to move on.”
Trump, who personally courted legislators at the White House early Thursday, sent the my-way-or-the-highway message to the Capitol through his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, who addressed House Republicans during a hastily called meeting in the Capitol basement.