Donald Trump suffers twin blows after candidate is blocked and Obamacare repeal fails

Trump suffers twin blows after candidate is blocked and Obamacare repeal fails

Donald Trump appears to have accepted the defeat of Luther Strange but remains defiant over the healthcare vote

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Donald Trump suffered a pair of notable defeats on Tuesday after the Senate refused to vote on the Obamacare repeal and his chosen candidate lost a key Republican primary. 

The US President had backed Luther Strange to represent Alabama in the Senate, having made his endorsement clear with a post on Twitter in August. 

Pepealing Obamacare, meanwhile, was a key promise in Trump's presidential campaign, the Republican a long-time critic of the heathcare system brought in by his predecessor Barack Obama. 

Both causes were dealt twin blows yesterday - Strange lost out to his opponent, Roy Moore, and the Senate also refused to vote on a key bill to repeal Obamacare. 

Mitch McConnell - the majority leader in the Senate - made the announcement of the latter, effectively conceding the motion did not have enough votes.

In regard to Strange, Trump appears to have accepted his chosen candidate's loss, congratulating Moore on Twitter: 

However, the US President remains defiant on healthcare, calling for an end to the "filibuster rule" - a procedure which allows debate over a bill to be extended, thereby delaying the vote on it.

Trump insisted his motion would garner the necessary votes, as the tweet below makes clear.

 

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