1. Medium McConnell and GOP leaders walk to lectern, press
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader:
(Reporter: "Is there distance between you and the president on what he wants to do on health care and where you see the health care debate standing right now?")
"Yea, not any longer. We had a good conversation yesterday afternoon and I pointed out to him the Senate Republicans view on dealing with comprehensive health care reform with a Democratic House of Representatives., that I was fine with Senator Alexander and Senator Grassley working on prescription drug pricing and other issues that are not a comprehensive effort to revisit the issue that we had the opportunity to revisit to address last Congress and were unable to do so."
3. Medium McConnell and GOP leaders
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader:
"So I made it clear to him we were not going to be doing that in the Senate. He did say as he later tweeted he accepted that and that he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign and suggested that would be what he would be advocating in a second term if there were a Republican Congress. So we don't have a misunderstanding about that. We'll not be doing comprehensive in the Senate.
5. Medium McConnell and GOP leaders
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader:
"Well, we certainly have a crisis at the border. I think the president's right about that. Closing down the border would have potentially catastrophic economic impact on our country. And I would hope we would not be doing that sort of thing."
7. Medium Schumer and DEM leaders walk to lectern, press
"Republicans failed to pass any of their health care plans in Congress. So they're trying to repeal health care in court. This reeks of desperation and they have no backup plan. The president and the Republicans are for repeal. They have no replace. They want nothing."
"President Trump confirmed he'll hold Americans hostage through the 2020 elections when it comes to health care. He promises, re-elect me and then maybe I'll let you take a peek at my backup plan after that. Which they don't have. What a ruse. What a sham. And even more what a disgrace."
"So when the president insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him, we know it's not true. The American people will not stand for the president playing these cynical games. They will not stand for our Republican colleagues going along with this even though they know it's wrong substantively and politically. How many Republicans will sign our resolution? How many will step up to the plate? They can't just mouth this, oh they're for good health care. They've got to do something. And the first step is to sign our resolution."
13. Medium Schumer and Democratic leaders walk away fro briefing
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell warned President Donald Trump against reviving Republican plans to replace the Affordable Care Act, encouraging him to take it on the road as 2020 campaign issue rather than trying to pass legislation on Capitol Hill.
"I made it clear to him that we were not going to be doing that in the Senate," McConnell told reporters Tuesday.
Asked if there was any difference between the two of them, the Republican leader said, "not any longer."
The two spoke Monday ahead of Trump's evening tweets suggesting he had moved off his push for a big new health care bill.
McConnell said Trump told him he "accepted" the situation "would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign." Trump indicated the new proposal would be what he "would be advocating in a second term if there were a Republican Congress."
McConnell added, "So we don't have a misunderstanding about that."
Trump's latest tweets punted the promise of a new GOP bill, which ran into stiff resistance from Republicans in Congress.
Democrats were quick to pounce Tuesday after Trump's retreat.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Trump will "hold Americans hostage through 2020" on an issue that affects millions of people. He said that when Trump "insists he has a magic plan that we can see if only the American people re-elect him," it isn't true.
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