President Trump’s laser focus on healthcare has some Republicans concerned, but GOP legislators do praise him for being “the most accessible President” they have ever seen.
“There is a lot of angst about this whole healthcare bills we are dealing with,” said a Republican legislator. “But you are not going to hear members say ‘WTF Mr. President, what the hell did you do that for?'”
Many Republicans in Congress say that President Trump is more accessible than past Presidents, frequently making calls and talking with rank-and-file members of the GOP.
“President Trump is the most accessible president that I have ever seen,” said Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN)., who said that a few months ago he wanted to talk to President Trump on a Sunday, only to hear from the President 30 mins later.
“The 1st thing he said before I said anything was ‘let’s talk about you serving another 20 years,'” he said. “I said Mr. President, I am sorry, I called to tell you I am not going to run for re-election.”
“Even people who do not like him, when they are with him, are impressed with how easily he works a room,” Senator Alexander said. “I think he likes people. He lives in the moment. He is not thinking of the next day or even the next hour or the next person … he has that kind of personality.”
“He calls members frequently and he is completely available to us when we call him,” said Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), referring to President Trump. “I am very fortunate to have that relationship with the President.”
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