President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged Congress to pass a bipartisan bill that he said could replace the Affordable Care Act.
Trump and his aides have been working to advance the health care bill since early May, but the president, a Republican, said in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show that he has not made up his mind on the plan.
In his NBC interview, Trump said he would work with Democrats and Republicans to make a plan that he could sign and “have it done.”
“I’m not going to sit back and say, ‘Well, I have to sign it,'” Trump said.
“I’m going to have a plan.
And I’m going, ‘I don’t want to have it done by the end of the year, I don’t think that’s a good idea.'”
Trump also said he had no intention of pulling out of the Paris climate accord, a key deal reached by more than 190 nations in 2015 that commits the world to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The president said he was “not in favor of it” because of the risks of the agreement.
Trump has also faced criticism for his comments last month, when he said the Paris deal was “a disaster for the United States,” but he later said he meant it as a compliment.
In the interview with “Today,” Trump also said that he would consider allowing more Syrian refugees into the United State if they were resettled in the U.S.
The president said Thursday that he believes he can find common ground with Democratic lawmakers on issues such as the minimum wage, health care and immigration.
But, he added, “I think there are some things that I can find with people on both sides.”
Asked whether he would have the ability to sign a deal with Democrats to keep the United Kingdom in the European Union, Trump responded: “Yeah, absolutely.
I would like to see that happen.”
The White House and congressional Republicans have said they want to secure a long-term deal for the country.
“We have to get this done,” Trump said Thursday.
“There are things that can be done, there are things we can work on that are positive for our country.
We need to do something.
But we have to go in and do it.”
Trump and other Democrats are hoping to push a health care measure through Congress next week.