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15 May 2017, 12:16 | Ignacio Ramos
Just hours after House Republicans passed a health care bill that has been almost universally derided for its ineffective and misguided proposals, President Trump held an worldwide press conference where he straight up praised universal health care as a better system. "I think he believes they have a good healthcare system for Australia".
Prime Minister Turnbull, who spoke about his meeting with President Trump on Friday, indicated that there was a major turn in the relationship between the two men.
Australian and U.S. officials were breathing sighs of relief after the two leaders seemed to enjoy each other's company.
Sanders says the bill does not provide protections and does not guarantee coverage for "ordinary Americans".
By contrast, House Republicans' Obamacare repeal bill, whose passage Trump celebrated earlier Thursday at the White House, would cut back Medicaid funding in part by repealing a tax on wealthy Americans' investments.
'I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia, because you have better health care than we do'.
"The president has just said it!" Deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, filling in for Sean Spicer, sought to play down the controversy.
President Donald Trump and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull shake hands during their meeting aboard the USS Intrepid, a decommissioned aircraft carrier docked in the Hudson River in New York, Thursday, May 4, 2017.
"We have the third largest foreign commitment to the battle against ISIL in the Middle East and our forces are working together and integrated intimately, as I saw when I visited our forces in Iraq and Afghanistan in the lead-up to Anzac Day ..."
The president's comments came after he showered Mr Turnbull with praise.
"It's going to be fantastic health care", Trump said of the GOP's controversial AHCA. "We reaffirmed the tremendous friendship between the United States and Australia and the vital importance of our security and our alliance".
The pair got off to a late start Thursday afternoon after Trump delayed his departure for NY in order to hold a White House Rose Garden press conference with Congressional Republicans following the health care bill's vote.
Regardless, Trump is correct that the USA lags behind other countries in health care service among industrialized nations.
Mr Trump came to power vowing to halt illegal immigrants entering the USA and forcing refugees to undergo extreme vetting. "I don't think it was much more than that".
In the United States, the new Republican bill will significantly cut the amount of government support for Medicaid, which provides healthcare support to some U.S. citizens. "It's not getting through the Senate".
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