Rand Paul and Trump ‘Closer’ on Health Care After Round of Golf

Comes after Paul was a vociferous critic on Trump-backed repeal effort

Rand Paul, R-Ky., golfed with President Donald Trump on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Rand Paul, R-Ky., golfed with President Donald Trump on Sunday. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)
Posted April 3, 2017 at 9:56am

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said he and President Donald Trump are “getting closer and closer” on a path to repealing the 2010 health care law after a round of golf on Sunday.

Trump and Paul, a former Republican primary opponent and critic of the Republican health care bill that was pulled from the floor, joined by budget director Mick Mulvaney. The Associated Press reported.

“I continue to be very optimistic that we are getting closer and closer to an agreement on replacing Obamacare,” the Kentucky Republican said after the outing.

 

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Paul criticized Trump for previously identifying as a Democrat. During the second Republican primary debate, Paul hit Trump for insulting people based on their looks, to which Trump responded, “I never attacked him on his look, and believe me, there’s plenty of subject matter right there.”

In the wake of the botched GOP health care bill, Trump criticized the House Freedom Caucus, who are Paul’s allies in the House.

Last week, Trump tweeted that the caucus risked hurting the entire Republican agenda and “we must fight them, & Dems, in 2018.”