Donald Trump has said he doesn’t want to negotiate with “the hell” over his healthcare legislation.
In an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, Trump said he’s “not looking to negotiate.”
He added that the GOP bill “needs a big, big overhaul” and that Republicans are “working on it.”
He’s also not worried about the consequences of a shutdown, the president told Muir.
“I don’t want the Democrats to come to me and say ‘we don’t have the votes to pass the bill,’ ” Trump said.
We’re working with the hell out of it. “
That’s not going to happen.
We’re working with the hell out of it.
We have a tremendous bill.
We are working on a great bill.”
Republicans’ healthcare bill faces a shutdown as the government shuts down for the first time since the government shut down in August.
Democrats have promised to stop the government from shutting down unless Republicans make some concessions.
But while Republicans have signaled they will negotiate with Democrats over healthcare, the White House has repeatedly said that any negotiations with Democrats are “on hold.”
The administration’s new policy is the latest effort to distance itself from Trump’s rhetoric, which the president has accused of being driven by “the media.”
Trump said in a tweet Friday that he would be willing to meet with Democratic leaders “if they can help us pass the great healthcare bill we are so excited about.”
A spokesman for Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told ABC News on Saturday that Murray would meet with Trump “if he agrees to negotiate a better bill.”
Murray’s office did not immediately respond to ABC News requests for comment.
The president’s tweets, however, have also put pressure on Republicans, who have repeatedly accused Democrats of “hiding” behind “the big, fat ObamaCare bill” and saying they don’t support the bill.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told Fox News Saturday that Democrats are trying to use the shutdown as an opportunity to negotiate, adding that the Democrats are not willing to compromise with the GOP on healthcare.
Ryan also said that the White Street Group is working on bipartisan healthcare legislation that could be passed “in the next few days.”