Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Trump and Putin, Toe To Toe?

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The honeymoon's over for Trump and Putin
Washington and Moscow are trading sharp words over Russia's weekend political crackdown, civilian deaths in Iraq and the revival of U.S. sanctions touching Russian interests.
By Michael Crowley
03/27/2017
Russia hawks have wondered whether President Donald Trump — who has repeatedly avoided criticizing Putin — would allow the government to rebuke Moscow’s actions. | Getty
After months of overtures from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Trump administration is trading harsh diplomatic words with Moscow, further dimming the prospects for a strategic alliance between the two countries.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer opened his Monday briefing by reading a statement saying the U.S. “strongly condemns” the detention of hundreds, including leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny, following a weekend crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests across Russia.
The statement featured the toughest language Trump’s White House has directed at Putin’s government, surprising some Russia hawks unsure whether Trump—who has repeatedly avoided criticizing Putin—would allow the government to rebuke Moscow’s actions. As a candidate, Trump frequently promised to seek friendly relations with Moscow, but that talk has cooled in recent weeks amid intense scrutiny of his campaign’s ties to Russia.
Experts say Putin is highly sensitive to American criticism of his internal political actions, and the Russian leader could react angrily to the condemnation. But it remains unclear whether the statement reflects carefully considered U.S. policy. The top Russia jobs at the State Department and Pentagon remain unfilled. A White House official said the incoming senior national security council director for Russia, Brookings Institution scholar Fiona Hill, has not yet started her job.
In a statement posted on Facebook, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said her government is “bewildered and concerned” by the U.S. move.
Meanwhile, the Kremlin has in recent weeks steadily sharpened its rhetoric about the Trump administration, which has recently taken steps perceived in Moscow as adverse to Russian interests.
On Saturday, Russia’s foreign ministry spokeswoman blasted new Trump administration sanctions against companies doing business with Syria, Iran and North Korea, whose targets included eight Russian companies. In a statement posted on Facebook, spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said her government is “bewildered and concerned” by the U.S. move.
Zakharova said the U.S. action “undermines the prospects of setting up comprehensive multilateral cooperation” to jointly fight terrorists. “Washington again does the bidding of those who made a consistent destruction of Russia-US cooperation their main priority,” Zakharova wrote.
And shortly before Spicer spoke on Monday, Moscow’s top diplomat pounced on reports that a March 17 U.S. airstrike killed as many as 200 civilians in the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he was “startle[d]” by the report of the airstrike and said Moscow had requested a special briefing at the United Nations Security Council. Lavrov claimed that "several other tragic incidents in which civilians died have happened since” in the ISIS-controlled Iraqi city since then, according to an official transcript of his remarks posted online by Russia’s foreign ministry.
Lavrov, following a standard Russian playbook of flipping charges back at an accuser, also suggested that the joint U.S. and Iraqi offensive to liberate Mosul from ISIS was more brutal than the recent Russian and Syrian military campaign in Aleppo, Syria. “We have been monitoring the operation to liberate Mosul since its inception, because we remembered how some of our Western colleagues criticized us during the operation in eastern Aleppo,” Lavrov said.
Lavrov argued that Russia—which was widely condemned for brutal tactics, including airstrikes on hospitals and aid workers—had actually protected civilian lives in Aleppo by opening a “corridor” to allow militants to leave the city, reducing the scale of Russia’s military operation there.
He also urged that a similarly “cautious and responsible approach would be used by the coalition in its further actions in Mosul.” (The U.S. and Iraqi militaries have each launched investigations into the March 17 Mosul strike.)
“I don’t think anyone in the Pentagon will take kindly to being lectured by the Russians about what happened in Mosul,” said Andrew Weiss, a former Bill Clinton White House official handing Russia issues, who is now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
“Sadly, this is part of a familiar Russian playbook that has been used time and again by Putin, Lavrov and other senior figures,” Weiss added.
U.S. intelligence officials believe Putin interfered in the 2016 U.S. election in part to exact revenge on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who publicly backed major street protests against Putin in 2011.
Trump administration statements relating to Russia have so far generally tracked those of the Obama administration, which could suggest that U.S. officials are following old guidance as they await fresh policy direction.
More detail could come when Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Brussels on Friday for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers at which Russia is certain to be a main topic. Tillerson originally planned to skip the meeting, creating an uproar among NATO allies anxious about Trump’s commitment to European security.
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VIDEO: President Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin hold historic telephone call
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Published on Jan 28, 2017


US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin are speaking the first time since the presidential inauguration, in a scheduled telephone call that has been awaited nervously by US allies concerned about a U-turn in Washington's Russia policy.

The phone call was welcomed by top Russian officials but watched anxiously by critics of Mr Putin in Washington and Europe, who fear Mr Trump may abandon key US commitments, including sanctions imposed after the annexation of Crimea, in a bid to improve relations with the Kremlin.

The call was the first test of an embryonic reset of Russo-US relations that has previously been largely confined to mutually flattering public comments and a shared disdain for Mr Trump's predecessor, Barack Obama.
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Monday, March 27, 2017

Time To Eliminate Political Correctness!

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 In Maryland Rape Case Liberals Adhere To Political Correctness
It is a sad reminder that forceful action in dealing with illegal immigration is essential for the safety of all Americans, especially those who are most vulnerable, our children
March 25, 2017
On the morning of March 16, a 14-year old girl was allegedly raped by two illegal aliens in a high school bathroom in Rockville, Maryland. One of the alleged rapists, Henry Sanchez-Milian, is an adult, 18 years old, while the other suspect, Jose O. Montano, is 17-years old.  They have been charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense for allegedly dragging the young girl into the boys’ bathroom, sexually assaulting her and forcing her to perform sexual acts.
This incident has shocked the nation and exposed the dangers of open borders and lax immigration enforcement. By allowing millions of illegal aliens into this country, the safety of law abiding Americans has been put at risk. Daily, tragic stories are reported of Americans being victimized by illegal aliens. This case is even more disturbing for the victim is an innocent 14-year old girl.
“I am not sure I can give assurances that their children will be safe.”
Conditions are so dire that Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said to all parents in his state that their children are potentially at risk. He said, “I am not sure I can give assurances that their children will be safe.” The Governor expressed his outrage that “an 18-year old man” was in the same class as 13 and 14-year old girls.” He said the “status” of Sanchez-Milian was not known to the Rockville High School parents
Hogan also condemned he attitude of public school officials in Montgomery County, Maryland who administer Rockville High School. The Governor said that there was a “lack of cooperation” and a “lack of information” from the Montgomery County school system.
Another pressing issue involves the county’s sanctuary policies which protect illegal aliens. According to Fox News, in 2016, the county disallowed 63 accused illegal alien criminals from being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials. Montgomery County is among many sanctuary areas in the country which refuse to work with federal immigration authorities to deport illegal immigrants. Hogan said that the sanctuary policies were “a big part of the problem.”
Regrettably, the message has not been received by Dr. Jack Smith, the Superintendent of the Montgomery County school district. Instead of focusing solely on the plight of the victim and the safety of children in his district, Smith blasted the response from parents and warned against “racist, xenophobic calls and emails.” He was upset at the anger directed at his office from parents rightly concerned about the well-being of their children. Sadly, the Superintendent placed his focus on maintaining politically correct sanctuary policies instead of taking corrective action in his district.
This tragic incident also highlights the problems of coddling immigrants who illegally cross the border
In the aftermath of the incident, parents staged protests outside Smith’s office and expressed their concerns at a public meeting. Not surprisingly, the major broadcast networks ignored the story, with only Fox News giving it significant coverage.
This tragic incident also highlights the problems of coddling immigrants who illegally cross the border. Sanchez-Milian is from Guatemala and was captured by border patrol agents in August of 2016 at Rio Valley Grande, Texas. Instead of being immediately deported, he was detained for 12 days and eventually released. ICE allowed him to fly to Baltimore, Maryland to live with his father. In the fall, he was enrolled at Rockville High School and only a few months later he is accused of brutalizing and raping a 14-year-old girl who will be traumatized for the rest of her life.
At the time of his ICE release, Sanchez-Milian was ordered to appear before an immigration judge; however, after seven months, the hearing has still not occurred.  If he had been deported, this travesty would never have occurred.
His attorney, Andrew Jezic, said that Sanchez-Milian was released because the inflow of illegal immigrants is too great for federal authorities to handle. According to Jezic, “There’s been so many people that have come through the border that are underage in the last year, so what happened is that immigration just doesn’t have the resources to deal with all of these people coming in.”
Jezic believes that the massive influx of illegal immigrants has also caused significant delays in scheduling the court hearings. Thus, in the case of Sanchez-Milian, what should have been handled in short order, has taken more than seven months.
This has resulted in not only a delay in justice, but also a horrific act of violence. It is a sad reminder that forceful action in dealing with illegal immigration is essential for the safety of all Americans, especially those who are most vulnerable, our children.

Jeff Crouere is a native of New Orleans, LA. He is the host of a Louisiana-based program, “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Friday & 10:00 p.m. Sunday on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station; and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in the New Orleans area & Wgso.com worldwide. For more information or to order his new book, America’s Last Chance, visit his website JeffCrouere.com  For questions or to schedule Jeff for media appearances, email him at jeff@jeffcrouere.com
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President Trump is Right to Stop Iraqi Refugee Rape Spree in US
Daniel Greenfield
January 29, 2017 
The media is turning on the waterworks. It's running stories of the "poor" Iraqi refugees who will be shut out by President Trump's security order. Some of whom have stories about having provided some useful information or services to American soldiers in Iraq. Let's remember 5 Iraqi refugees who also provided that aid.
Ramadon, one of the men accused of the sexual assault, was featured in “A Soldier’s Promise,” a 2009 combat memoir penned by Army First Sgt. Daniel Hendrex about the time he spent deployed in the Iraqi town of Husaybah.
Hendrex described helping Ramadon in his effort to immigrate to the U.S. in exchange for vital information the youngster — 14 at the time — provided Hendrex’s unit about local insurgents.
Here's how Ramadon and the rest repaid America.
Four other Iraqi immigrants were also charged in connection to the crime, which left a semiconscious woman nearly dead and bleeding internally.
Colorado Springs Lt. Howard Black told FOX21 Colorado Springs that the woman police believe the men sexually assaulted at the Wildridge Apartments suffered from injuries that could have been life-threatening.
“I have been a police officer for a lot of years,” Black said. “When I look at the injuries, this is one of the more severe sexual assault cases I have been a part of and investigated.”
Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed and Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon were arrested for the actual sexual assault Tuesday. Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori and Yasir Jabbar Jasim were arrested as accessories to sexual assault.
According to police, doctors at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs, where the woman was later admitted, said she suffered from internal injuries that appeared to be caused by blunt force trauma. When police arrived on scene of the apartment, they found blood splattered on the walls.
And there are plenty of stories of Iraqi refugee rapists in America.
Police said Bahjat, an Iraqi refugee who fled the country following the alleged attack, "viciously sexually assaulted" the woman. She bolted from the car, leaving several personal items behind, according to investigators. She suffered injuries to her neck, wrists and knees, police said.
Police say Bahjat is a 2012 refugee from Iraq and has an immigration status of "Permanent Resident-Non-Citizen." Within 24 hours of the alleged attack, Bahjat fled the United States, taking a flight to Toronto, then to Turkey and on to Jordan. An arrest warrant was issued, officials said.
And it goes on and on...
A jury needed less than two hours on Thursday to convict an Iraqi refugee of brutally raping a 19-year-old woman behind a trash bin in Colonie after meeting her at a downtown bar last year.
Salam Al Haideri, 24, of Niskayuna, faces 25 years in prison after the jury of nine men and three women found him guilty of predatory sex assault and first-degree rape.
Even when Iraqis provide some useful help, they should be rewarded for that within their own country. Or resettlement in the region. They should not be given access to the United States. This is what happens when we make the mistake of rewarding cooperation with immigration.
Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam.
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Aliens Discovered in Antarctica!

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Are these alien skulls? New DNA tests on Elongated Paracas Skulls could 'change history'
NEW DNA tests on bizarre elongated 2,000-year old skulls, which it has been suggested could come from aliens, have raised more question marks about their origins.
By Jon Austin
Thursday, Jul 28, 2016
A Paracas skull left compared to an alien grey and an ancient man with elongated skull.
The skulls, found in Peru, created waves in 2014 after a geneticist undertook preliminary DNA tests, and reported unknown results.
He found they had mitochondrial DNA “with mutations unknown in any human, primate, or animal known so far”.
A second round of DNA tests have now been carried out - which some saying the results are just as controversial – leading to further speculation the skull's former owners may not have been from this planet.
Elongated skulls were caused by ancient civilisations purposefully mutilating their skulls from a young age.
It was done by binding the head between two pieces of wood, or binding in cloth.
But, they have always interested alien conspiracy theorists due to the enlarged craniums produced, which appear similar to the mythological alien grey species.
The new tests on the skulls have, however, not aided the alien theory, but have raised new questions about how the Americas were populated.
Several of the Paracas Skulls that were sent for DNA testing.
Samples were taken from hair and bone powder, taken drilling deep into a skull's foramen magnum.
They were then sent to three labs in Canada, and two in the US, for tests.
Geneticists were told the samples were from an ancient mummy, to avoid any preconceptions. 
The skulls were now found to have European and Middle Eastern Origin, raising questions over when man first travelled from Eurasia to the Americas, as they are 2,000 to 3,000 years old.

Paracas is a desert peninsula in Pisco Province on the south coast of Peru.   
Around 300 of the amazing skulls were found by Peruvian archaeologist Julio Tello in 1928 in an elaborate graveyard.
But there still remains a mystery over the shape of the Paracas skulls.
Cranial deformation changed the shape of a skull, but in normal cases did not alter other features.
However, the Paracas skulls have other unusual features and are the biggest elongated skulls ever found.
Author and researcher LA Marzulli told Ancient Origins: "There is a possibility that it might have been cradle headboarded, but the reason why I don’t think so is because the position of the foramen magnum is back towards the rear of the skull.
"A normal foramen magnum would be closer to the jaw line.”
He said an archaeologist has written a paper about his study of the position of the foramen magnum.
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The mysterious huge-eyed skull believed to have 'belonged to an alien'
A MYSTERIOUS skull with huge eye sockets and fanged teeth, that has left scientists flummoxed, may have belonged to an alien, it is claimed.
By JON AUSTIN
PUBLISHED: Tue, Jul 19, 2016 | UPDATED: Tue, Aug 30, 2016
The strange skeleton head, described as 50 per cent bigger than a standard sized version, was found by Danish contractors replacing old sewage pipes workers on Sealand Island.
The workers were digging out the 100-year-old pipes when they found the skull under a building that once belonged to a butcher, it is alleged.
Experts at a Veterinary College in Copenhagen, who examined the find, concluded: “Although resembling a mammal, certain features make it impossible to fit the animal into Linnaean taxonomy.”
The scientists could not link it to any known species on Earth.
Subsequent carbon dating of the skull at the University of Copenhagen's Niels Bohr Institute for the sciences, determined it was about 800 years old - which only added to the mystery as it was found within pipes of just a century old.
The skull was found in 2007 but it was not looked at by scientists until 2010.
Further excavation of the area  found only animal bones, stone axes, and equipment from the Neolithic period - nothing else that could be linked to the skull.
Adding to the intrigue are claims the island was also once home to a mysterious sect of writers.
It is alleged Sealand was where the secretive Order of Pegasus Light was based. The alleged secret society of poets and writers, sworn to protect a group of unbreakable alien artefacts including, bizarrely, an alien skull allegedly left behind by extraterrestrial visitors from the constellation Pegasus.
The Order of Pegasus Light was formed in the 1300's and among its members have over time been some of history's most influential writers including William Shakespeare, Thomas Jefferson, H.G. Wells, and Ambrose Bierce.
Scott C Waring, editor of ufosightingsdaily.com, is convinced it must have come from an alien/human hybrid.
The skull allegedly being scientifically analysed.
He blogged this week: "Here is a great skull found in Denmark and its really remarkable.
"The enlarged eyes, the teeth are mind-blowing. It doesn't fit into any known species and is 50 per cent larger than a human skull. Perhaps a half human, half alien hybrid."
However, many commentators simply believe the whole issue was a hoax particularly as it is no longer clear where the skull is.
People have observed how neat the skull is, with no parts missing.
The author of an article about the skull on the sceptical website Skeptophilia said all we have to go on are the photographs.
He wrote: "A photograph. No hard evidence at all, since none of the sources mention where the skull currently is, who the scientists are who carbon-dated it, or anything else.
"There's a brief mention of some group of oddballs called ‘The Order of the Light of Pegasus’ who had a house in Olstykke and were reputed to be ‘the guardians of objects... believed to be mysterious’,  but searches for anything related to said Order all bring you back to websites having to do with the Sealand skull.
"The whole thing has the hallmarks of a hoax, but do I know it is?  Nope.  To prove that it's a hoax - or to prove anything else about it - you'd need to have access to the skull itself.
"If it is real, it'd be a pretty earth-shattering discovery, bringing up the inevitable question of why the scientists who studied it weren't trampling each other to death to be the first people to write a paper on it.
"But that, too, hardly constitutes proof of anything. At the moment, the best we can say is that there's no evidence one way or the other for a claim made by an unknown individual about an alleged scientific study by unnamed scientists about a skull that may or may not exist."

Globally, What's The Prediction for Currency, the Financial, Etc. Situation?

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2018: The Year of Rothschild Induced Global Currency Chaos?
Published on Mar 24, 2017
A 1988 edition of the Rothschild-controlled Economist magazine predicted a world currency by the year 2018. If that 30 year prediction is to manifest, it will be achieved through the implementation of sheer chaos among the world's top currencies. Then like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the world will be forced to accept the new global currency and the Bankster's evil plan. Joe from Realist News and the Jsnip4 You Tube channel joins me to discuss this, an much much more.

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Antarctica, Entrance To Ancient Alien Underground Cities!

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Game Changer!! Antarctica Ancient Alien Undergound City Discovered!? Whistle Blower Explains! 2017
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Saturday, March 25, 2017

Republicans Let ObamaCare Remain! No Loyalty For Trump?

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Republicans blew it
Completely unacceptable
By Herman Cain —— Bio and Archives
March 25, 2017
President Trump was gracious to not point blame for the Republican failure to pass the American Health Care Act in the House today. He was also gracious in not throwing Speaker Ryan and other individuals under the bus for the failure of the Republicans to pass the AHCA.
President Trump and Speaker Ryan were gracious in pulling the proposed bill, so as not to expose who would have voted against it. Fine!
But in my mind the Republicans blew it
They have a supportive Republican president. The Republicans control, narrowly, both houses of Congress. And they have the support of the American people to repeal and replace the UCA. The Republicans did not promise how they would repeal it, so they tried to work within the legislative constraints they had to work with.
They were within a few votes of having 216 Republican votes to pass phase one of repealing a law that’s imploding and making people’s lives worse. We will now see how that plays out, and it will not be pretty.
Some people were impacted by the scare tactics against the AHCA. Some people were impacted by the false and misleading advertising by some organizations. And some people were impacted by the “comfort” of their current health care and health insurance situation.
But that is about to change dramatically. Health insurance premiums and deductibles are about to go up for 2018, while insurance accessibility will go down. Just look at what has happened in the last seven years!
Repealing and replacing the UCA has long been a top priority of the voters. This would have been a great first step. Many of those who opposed the AHCA never clearly expressed their objections, which makes me suspect of their motives. I followed and studied this proposal closely, and there was a lot more good in it than reasons for the nitpicking concerns.
The Republicans blew it!
I’m not just passionate. I’m angry!
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Trump tastes failure as U.S. House healthcare bill collapses
By David Lawder and Steve Holland | WASHINGTON
POLITICS | Sat Mar 25, 2017
President Donald Trump suffered a stunning political setback on Friday in a Congress controlled by his own party when Republican leaders pulled legislation to overhaul the U.S. healthcare system, a major 2016 election campaign promise of the president and his allies.
House of Representatives leaders yanked the bill after a rebellion by Republican moderates and the party's most conservative lawmakers left them short of votes, ensuring that Trump's first major legislative initiative since taking office on Jan. 20 ended in failure. Democrats were unified against it.
House Republicans had planned a vote on the measure after Trump late on Thursday cut off negotiations with Republicans who had balked at the plan and issued an ultimatum to vote on Friday, win or lose. But desperate lobbying by the White House and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was unable to round up the 216 votes needed for passage.
"We learned a lot about loyalty. We learned a lot about the vote-getting process," Trump told reporters at the White House, although he sought to shift the blame to the Democrats even though his party controls the White House, the House and the Senate.
With Friday's legislative collapse, Democratic former President Barack Obama's signature domestic policy achievement, the 2010 Affordable Care Act - known as Obamacare - remains in place despite seven years of Republican promises to dismantle it.
The healthcare failure called into question not only Trump's ability to get other key parts of his agenda, including tax cuts and a boost in infrastructure spending, through Congress, but the Republican Party's capacity to govern effectively.
Neither Trump nor Ryan indicated any plans to try to tackle healthcare legislation again anytime soon. Trump said he would turn his attention to getting "big tax cuts" through Congress, another tricky proposition.
Republican supporters said the legislation would achieve their goal of rolling back the government's "nanny state" role in healthcare. The White House made undoing Obamacare its top priority when Trump took office two months ago.
But the White House and House leaders were unable to come up with a plan that satisfied the clashing interests of moderates and conservatives, despite Trump's vaunted image as a deal maker.
Amid a chaotic scramble for votes, Ryan, who championed the bill, met with Trump at the White House. Ryan said he recommended that it be withdrawn from the House floor because he did not have the votes to pass it, and Trump agreed.
"We were just probably anywhere from 10 to 15 votes short," Trump said. "With no Democrat support we couldn't quite get there."
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the bill failed "because of two traits that have plagued the Trump presidency since he took office: incompetence and broken promises."
Democrats said the bill would take away medical insurance from millions of Americans and leave the more-than-$3 trillion U.S. healthcare system in disarray.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists at the Oval Office of the White House after the AHCA health care bill was pulled before a vote, accompanied by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price (L) and Vice President Mike Pence, in Washington, U.S. March 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
And some moderate Republicans opposed the bill because of worries that millions of America would be hurt.
"There were things in this bill that I didn't particularly like," Trump added, without specifying what those were, but expressed confidence in Ryan's leadership.
"Perhaps the best thing that could happen is exactly what happened today, because we'll end up with a truly great healthcare bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes," said Trump, who had posted multiple tweets throughout March proclaiming that "Obamacare is imploding" and repeatedly saying that Republicans were coming together to pass the bill.
Friday's events cast doubt on whether Ryan can get major legislation approved by fractious Republican lawmakers.
"I will not sugarcoat this. This is a disappointing day for us. Doing big things is hard," Ryan said at a news conference, adding that his fellow Republicans are experiencing what he called "growing pains" transitioning from an opposition party to a governing party.
"Obamacare's the law of the land," Ryan added. "We're going to be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future."
"A LITTLE SURPRISED"
Members of the Freedom Caucus, the House's most conservative members, were instrumental in the bill's failure, opposing it among other reasons because they considered parts too similar to Obamacare.
Trump said he was disappointed and "a little surprised" with the Freedom Caucus opposition.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said under the Republican legislation 14 million people would lose medical coverage by next year and more than 24 million would be uninsured in 2026.
News that the bill had been pulled before a final vote was greeted initially with a small sigh of relief by U.S. equity investors, who earlier in the week had been fretful that an outright defeat would damage Trump's other priorities, such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending.
Benchmark U.S. stock market indexes ended the session mixed after rallying back from session lows following the news. The S&P 500 Index ended fractionally lower, the blue chip Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped about 0.3 percent and the Nasdaq Composite Index rose about 0.2 percent.
Shares of hospital operators finished sharply higher, with the S&P healthcare facilities index up 2.7 percent, while the S&P 500 healthcare sector edged down 0.03 percent. The dollar strengthened modestly on the news, and U.S. Treasury bond yields edged up from session lows.
Trump said he would be "totally open" to working with Democrats on healthcare "when they all become civilized." House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said working to lower prescription drug prices was one area of possible cooperation with Republicans.
Republican Representative Dana Rohrabacher said before the bill was pulled that voting it down would be "neutering Trump" while empowering his opponents.
"You don't cut the balls off a bull and then expect that he can go out and get the job done," Rohrabacher told Reuters. "This will emasculate Trump and we can't do that. ... If we bring this down now, Trump will have lost all of his leverage to pass whatever bill it is, whether it's the tax bill or whatever reforms that he wants."
Representative Joe Barton of Texas, when asked why his fellow Republicans were so united over the past seven years to dump Obamacare only to fall apart when they actually do something about it, said, "Sometimes you're playing fantasy football and sometimes you’re in the real game."
Obamacare boosted the number of Americans with health insurance through mandates on individuals and employers, and income-based subsidies. About 20 million Americans gained insurance coverage through the law.
The House plan would have rescinded a range of taxes created by Obamacare, ended a penalty on people who refuse to obtain health insurance, and ended Obamacare's income-based subsidies to help people buy insurance while creating less-generous age-based tax credits
It also would have ended Obamacare's expansion of the Medicaid state-federal insurance program for the poor, cut future federal Medicaid funding and let states impose work requirements on some Medicaid recipients.
House leaders agreed to a series of last-minute changes to try to win over disgruntled conservatives, including ending the Obamacare requirement that insurers cover certain "essential benefits" such as maternity care, mental health services and prescription drug coverage.
(Additional reporting by Dustin Volz, David Morgan, David Lawder, Susan Cornwell, Susan Heavey, Richard Cowan, Steve Holland, Roberta Rampton, Patricia Zengerle and Doina Chiacu; Writing by Will Dunham; Editing by Bill Rigby and Leslie Adler)
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