Thursday, 23 November 2017
Latest news
Main » White House plays down Trump's praise of Australian health-care system

White House plays down Trump's praise of Australian health-care system

15 May 2017

"I shouldn't say this to my great gentleman and friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do".

"Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do -everybody does".

President Donald Trump raised eyebrows Thursday evening after telling Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that his country's health-care system was better than the that of U.S'.

A comment by US President Donald Trump about Australia's healthcare system has caused a political firestorm in the US.

"I'll be sure to quote you on the floor of the Senate".

Trump's own staff tried to clean up the comment on Friday, arguing that he meant it only as a compliment to Turnbull and not as praise for the system itself. "He was simply being complimentary of the prime minster", Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee told reporters during a press briefing Friday.

At the White House, Sanders said: "The bottom line is the president is the president no matter where he goes and he doesn't get to control the level of cost and security that may come along with that".

This is despite the fact that health care experts from across the political spectrum have said that Trump's health care bill is unworkable and suffers from fatal flaws and could lead to Americans dropping out of the health care market. "Maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian health care system or systems throughout Europe".

Bottas misses most of final practice, Raikkonen fastest
If his auto holds up, Alonso said he will need to use every bit of his veteran wiles to keep McLaren in the points. Alonso has already made a decision to try his luck at the Indianapolis 500 instead of the Monaco GP this month.

MSNBC's Chris Hayes played a clip of Trump's comment while interviewing Sanders on May 4.

Trump Thursday praised Australia's system, called Medicare, at a meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in New York City.

Sanders says the bill does not provide protections and does not guarantee coverage for "ordinary Americans".

"We will take this pathetic healthcare bill, throw it in the garbage can and do something that will work for ordinary Americans instead", Mr Sanders said in a secondary tweet.

Eyeing a victory, a jubilant Trump tweeted during the vote that, if successful, Republicans would gather for "big press conference at the handsome Rose Garden of the White House" immediately afterwards. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office reviewed an earlier version of the bill and found that it would leave 24 million more people uninsured by 2026 than under current law.

"We talked about the relationship, the alliance - we talked about its history and its strength", Mr Turnbull said.

"I think we've made very clear we're going to be hands on in this process". "I think he believes they have a good healthcare system for Australia".

In 2014, the Australian government spent 9% of its GDP on healthcare, compared to the 17% spent by the United States the same year. "It's not getting through the Senate".

White House plays down Trump's praise of Australian health-care system