White House ‘surprised’ by McConnell’s talk of bipartisan health care approach

Washington( CNN) The White House was caught off-guard by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s suggestion Thursday that Republicans might need to work with Democrat to prop up Obamacare if they fail to pass repeal and supplant legislation.

Two White House officials alleged Friday the latter are taken aback by McConnell’s commentaries, which clashed with President Donald Trump’s statement a week earlier expressing support for a backup suggestion favored by hardline conservatives to progress a standalone cancellation statute, with a replacement to find later.

One major White House official said they were “surprised” by McConnell’s comments and said the White House tried securities from McConnell’s office that the top Senate Republican wasn’t breaking with the current strategy.