The Note: Trump’s legislative blues

Trump was "frustrated" by Democrats claiming victory over the spending bill.


--TRUMP MAKES ANOTHER FINAL PUSH FOR OBAMACARE REPEAL: President Trump is getting personally involved, again, in an effort to get the Republican Obamacare repeal-and-replace bill passed in the House, ABC’s JONATHAN KARL reports. According to a senior White House official involved in the effort, the president spoke to 15 Republican House members yesterday who have either said they are opposed to the bill or are still undecided. The official tells ABC News that the president will meet with “a handful” of skeptical House Republicans at the White House later this morning. The White House and Congressional Republicans are discussing a possible amendment to bill to address concerns of those now opposed. The White House is still hopeful the bill will pass this week, although the senior official acknowledged that it is incredibly close and that if it passes, it will be by a “razor-thin” margin.

--KEY REPUBLICAN OPPOSES HEALTH BILL BECAUSE OF PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS COVERAGE: A top House Republican announced opposition to the GOP health care bill Tuesday, citing concerns about pre-existing conditions, as Republican leaders continued to tout the proposal and hunt for votes, write ABC's BENJAMIN SIEGEL, MARY BRUCE and JOHN PARKINSON. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, the former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee with jurisdiction over health care, told a Michigan radio station Tuesday morning that he won't be voting for the bill. According to ABC News' whip count, at least 21 Republicans are opposed to the amended health care bill, putting the GOP on the verge of losing a potential vote.


GOP SENATORS CRITICIZE TRUMP'S OVERTURES TO CONTROVERSIAL LEADERS. Following a series of moves by Donald Trump that showed a willingness to engage with controversial world leaders, a pair of Republican senators are speaking out against the president's actions. Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and John McCain, R-Ariz., voiced opposition Tuesday to Trump's recent phone call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the invitation to Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House, and the president's response Monday that he would be "honored" to meet with Kim Jong Un, reports ABC's ALI ROGIN.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE GOP PLAN AND PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS. Health care coverage for pre-existing conditions has been a major sticking point in the negotiations around the new GOP health care plan -- and a source of mixed messages from Republicans and Democrats about what the bill would actually do. President Donald Trump said in an interview on Monday that the bill would cover pre-existing conditions as well as Obamacare did. ABC's RYAN STRUYK has more:

CONGRESSMAN WONDERS WHETHER CHELSEA CLINTON WANTS TO 'TRY TO DO BETTER THAN HER MOMMY DID'. Alabama Republican Rep. Mo Brooks Tuesday trashed Chelsea Clinton’s tweet targeting the congressman's position on pre-existing medical conditions. Upon learning that the former first daughter had tweeted about him Tuesday morning, Brooks seemed genuinely intrigued, reports ABC's JOHN PARKINSON. “Oh, really? Chelsea? I've got a Chelsea,” Brooks said curiously in the Capitol basement, putting on his glasses to read Clinton's tweet.

WHAT WE’RE WATCHING - ALL OF PRESIDENT TRUMP'S 'COOKIES': 'SMART,' 'TOUGH' AND EVEN 'DISHONEST.' For President Trump, cookies come in a variety of flavors -- "smart," "tough" and even "dishonest." And depending on what mood he's in, it may even be a combination, such as "warm, smart [and] tough." Much like the nicknames that George W. Bush was famous for during his presidency, Trump appears to be fond of applying the moniker "cookie" with various descriptors to world leaders and others, explains ABC's CHRIS DONOVAN.

NEARLY 77 MILLION SERVED WATER FROM CONTAMINATED SYSTEMS, REPORT SAYS. In 2015, more than 76 million Americans were served by community water systems that had some reported drinking water violations, including more than 18 million people receiving water with too much lead and copper, according to new report released Tuesday by the environmental advocacy group Natural Resources Defense Council. The report highlights different groups of contaminants reported in public drinking water and the increased risks for the strained and aging systems of smaller communities, just as proposed cuts to drinking water programs loom at the Environmental Protection Agency. ABC's MARYALICE PARKS has more:


@realDonaldTrump: FBI Director Comey was the best thing that ever happened to Hillary Clinton in that he gave her a free pass for many bad deeds! The phony…

@realDonaldTrump: ...Trump/Russia story was an excuse used by the Democrats as justification for losing the election. Perhaps Trump just ran a great campaign?

@aterkel: Scoop from @AlexCKaufman @kate_sheppard: Trump admin may withdraw from Paris climate deal by next week

@jialynnyang: SCOOP: Justice Dept will not charge Baton Rouge officers in fatal shooting of Alton Sterling @mattzap @WesleyLowery

@RachelAbramsNY: Ivanka Trump has the president's trust and a big portfolio. But what will she do with it? @jodikantor @maggieNYT