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Travel pool #5
Tara Palmeri • POLITICO
May 4, 2017: 08:02 PM


President Trump met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnball in a room near the main dining area of the Intrepid. The two in tuxedos sat facing each other. There were Australian and U.S. flags behind them.

"Big day," Trump told Turnball, referring to the passage of the healthcare bill through the House.

"Big day," Turnball repeated back to Trump.

"Big day, big day. We passed it by a few votes," Trump said.

"I know the feeling, we have challenges in our parliament too," Turnball said, and then turned to Trump to explain the Australian Senate.

Asked by a reporter about the testy phone call between the two leaders in January, Trump said: "We get along great. We have a fantastic relationship, I love Australia, I always have." Trump added that they have a lot of friends in common that are at the Intrepid event.

"We can put the refugee deal behind you and move on," Turnball said.

"It's all worked out. It's been worked out for a long time," Trump said.

Answering another question about the telephone call, Trump said: "We had a great telephone call. You guys exaggerated that call. That was a big exaggeration. We're not babies."

Turnball laughed and then said, "Young at heart."

"We had a very very good call. That was a little bit of fake news," Trump said.

"That's exactly right," Turnball said.

Australian reporter asked Trump will visit Australia, and Trump said: "Oh that will happen. It's one of the great great places. It's one of the most beautiful places on earth. I have so many friends there. I'll be there. We'll be there absolutely we'll be there."

Asked about Battle of the Coral Sea: "That was some battle. That was a very important battle for both of us."

Turnbull agreed. He said it saved Australia and was a turning-point for the war. He said he met with some of the American and Australian veterans earlier today.

"We've been allies for 99 years. Can you imagine that? 99 years. And never a bad time," Mr. Trump said.

Asked how hard it's going to be to get the health care bill through the Senate, Mr. Trump said:

"I think we'll get it through. The Republicans are very united. ... The Republicans came together all of a sudden two days ago. It was like magic. They just came together. They're very very united. Every group - the Freedom Caucus, the Tuesday, every single group. Lot of groups. Lot of great people. But they're very very united. You saw that today and you'll it again. The Senate is looking forward to getting it. Mitch McConnell knows how to do things." He said there will be really great health care

Asked about possible changes to the bill in the Senate, Mr. Trump said:

"It could change a little bit. It could be maybe even better. It's a very good bill right now. Premiums are going to come down substantially. Deductibles are going to come down. It's going to be fantastic health care. Right now Obamacare is failing. ... We have a failing health care." He said Australia has better health care.

"We're going to have great health care very soon. Obamacare is failing. Insurance companies are leaving. Aetna just announced they're out from Obamacare." He said states like Kentucky, Tennessee and Iowa are in trouble. "Obamacare is dead."



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