Senator John McCain has opened-up about his private conversation with President Trump just moments before voting “no” on the GOP-controlled Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, telling Trump the legislation was “insanity” and he was “sorry.”
McCain was speaking with Esquire magazine when he was asked to weigh-in on his last-minute phone call with the President as the Senate voted on the Republican’s “skinny” repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
According to the Senator, Vice President Pence was actively attempting to persuade McCain to vote “yes” along with this GOP colleagues; with the two leaders meeting in a private office near the Floor.
Eventually, Trump phoned McCain in a last-ditch effort to save the failing legislation.
“Few were aware of the extraordinary pressure McCain had been under just before the vote. Vice-President Pence tried to persuade him both on the Senate floor and in his private office, where McCain took a call from Trump,” writes Esquire.
“I said, ‘I thank you, Mr. President, for your involvement,'” McCain said. “But I said, ‘I cannot vote for something called Skinny Repeal. I can’t do it. I didn’t even see the bill until today. I mean, this is insanity. I appreciate the call and now I have to go vote, and I’m sorry.'”