Priebus: It’s Time to Work with Moderate Democrats

By Melanie Arter | March 27, 2017 | 11:26am EDT
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told “Fox News Sunday” that it’s time for Republicans to work with moderate Democrats after the GOP failed to get enough votes to repeal and replace Obamacare last week.

“I think it's time for our folks to come together, and I also think it's time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well,” Priebus said.

Priebus said President Donald Trump is “100 percent correct” in saying that the “Democrats are smiling in D.C.,” that the House Freedom Caucus with the help of conservative think tanks Club for Growth and the Heritage Foundation have saved Planned Parenthood and Obamacare.



Trump “he hits the bull's eye in that tweet, like he often does. We can’t be chasing the perfect all the time. I mean, sometimes you have to take the good and put it in your pocket and take the win, and we only have -- we have a two-party system in this country,” Priebus said.

“The president met with over 120 members of the House. There was more love shown to outside groups by this White House, whether it's Vice President Pence, Mick Mulvaney, Tom Price, Steve Bannon, myself, Mark Short. I mean, the point is, the diverse group of people working the halls of Congress, including the leadership in Congress, I think it's time for our folks to come together, and I also think it's time to potentially get a few moderate Democrats on board as well,” he said.

When asked whether the president will let Obamacare explode or whether he will do things to stabilize it, Priebus said, “Well, it’s going to be a decision on the line mainly driven by acts of Congress, as you know. I mean, there's funding issues coming up soon, I believe in the next couple months, in regard to Obamacare.”

He said the president isn’t “closing the door on anything in regard to the issue of health care, but if you look at this bill, and you look at what it provided, I mean, the tax relief, the largest entitlement reform in modern history.”

“You look at the fact that we were almost to the point where we would be defunding Planned Parenthood, or we were to the point where we were defunding Planned Parenthood. The fact that some of these members took that and decided not to move forward with it I think is a real shame and I think the president is disappointed in the number of people that he thought were loyal to him that weren’t,” Priebus said.

“That all being said, I want people out there to understand that this president is not going to be a partisan president. This is a president that wants to provide, and you are right, he wants to make sure that people don't get left behind. He wants to make sure that there’s competition in the marketplace so that rates are lower and people can choose their doctor,” he said.

“So, if those three things are incompatible with some members of the Republican House, then it's going to be incompatible, and then we need to work with moderate Democrats to make sure that that happens. We will leave no one behind, we want to make sure that people are covered, they pick their doctor and they pay less and we enforce competition in the market,” Priebus added.

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