President Trump made a plug for healthcare reform during his speech at the commissioning for USS Gerald R. Ford, the U.S. Navy’s newest warship, in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday.
Trump urged people to lobby their lawmakers to pass a budget that contains an additional $54 billion in Defense Department funding for fiscal year 2018, during his remarks on the aircraft carrier.
“And you will get — believe me, President Trump, I will tell you — you will get it. Don’t worry about it. But I don’t mind getting a little hand. So call that congressman, and call that senator and make sure you get it,” Trump said. “And by the way, you can also call those senators to make sure that you get healthcare.”
Trump hammered Senate Republicans earlier Saturday over the need to repeal and replace Obamacare before moving on to other policy reforms.
“The Republican Senators must step up to the plate and, after 7 years, vote to Repeal and Replace. Next, Tax Reform and Infrastructure. WIN!” Trump tweeted Saturday morning.
Trump also blasted Democrats as “obstructionists” who lack “ideas or votes,” making it pertinent for the “52 Republican Senators” to move on healthcare.
While speaking in Norfolk, Trump decried a “devastating defense sequester,” which he said led to “deferred maintenance, a lack of investment in new equipment and technology, and a shortfall in military readiness.”
The White House asked for an additional $20 billion for the defense budget this year and another $54 billion for next year.
Trump plugs healthcare, asks Congress to increase defense funding during USS Gerald R. Ford speech