Video: Rand Paul reaction as Trump enters to sign healthcare executive order




Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, center, stands next to
President Donald Trump during a White House signing ceremony for
an executive order on healthcare on Thursday.

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Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky has a complicated history
with President Donald Trump
— including attacks lobbed at
each other as candidates in the Republican primary and Paul’s
opposition a White House-backed healthcare bill in September.

On Thursday, the two crossed paths during a signing ceremony for
Trump’s
executive order
to unwind parts of the Affordable Care Act,
an effort on which Paul and the White House collaborated.

Paul didn’t exactly look comfortable.

Here’s Paul’s reaction as Trump entered the Roosevelt Room:

The video of his reaction quickly made the rounds on social media
and had even been memorialized in a Twitter
Moment
on Thursday afternoon.

In the video, Paul offers a few perfunctory claps as Trump greets
the audience and begins shaking hands. Though many of the people
in the room are smiling, Paul appears stone-faced. He quickly
folds his hands together and looks down, shifting his eyes left
and right, apparently the only person in the frame whose eyes are
not on Trump as the pleasantries continue around him. Noticeably,
he never shakes Trump’s hand.

Paul opposed Trump’s previous healthcare-reform efforts on
grounds that they didn’t go far enough in repealing the ACA, the
healthcare law also known as Obamacare. Paul’s opposition to the
most recent Senate healthcare bill led Trump to tweet in
September: “Rand Paul is a friend of mine but he is such a
negative force when it comes to fixing healthcare.”

Trump made a winking reference to their differences on Thursday
in
remarks
before the signing.

“I can say, when you get Rand Paul on your side, it has to be
positive, that I can tell you,” Trump said, drawing laughter from
the room. “I was just saying as he’s getting up and saying all
these wonderful things about what we’re going to be announcing, I
said, boy, that’s pretty unusual. I’m very impressed.”

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Video: Rand Paul reaction as Trump enters to sign healthcare executive order

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