President Trump says House health care bill was 'mean'

He told Senators their bill should be more “generous.”

Thune acknowledged that Trump was “open to suggestions, and didn’t make any pronouncements one way or the other.”

“I think he was just sort of conveying that the thinks it’s really important that we get this done, and it’s OK that the Senate is going its own direction,” Thune said. “I think he was happy to hear that we’re making good progress, and is hopeful that we’ll be able to get this done soon because I think there is a sense of urgency.”

Trump previously heaped praise on the bill after it was passed in a ceremony at the White House Rose Garden in May, saying it was "very, very incredibly well-crafted, and hailed it as "a great plan."

So, where are they now?

“We’re a ways away [from a vote],” he went on. “We’re just talking right now. The Senate loves to talk.”

He punted entirely when asked about the July 4 recess.

“Our goal is to move forward quickly,” he said. “The status quo [of the Obamacare law] is unsustainable,” he said. “We all know something has to be done and something has to be done soon… The idea is to get enough votes to pass it. Unfortunately, it will have to be a Republicans-only exercise and we are working hard to get there.”

Where is the transparency?

McConnell pushed back on this idea and said they were all well-versed in the subject.

“It is not a new thing. We know a lot about the subject. We know how complicated it is,” he said when asked about whether there would be standard committee hearings. “Nobody is hiding the ball here. You are free to ask anybody, anything. There have a been a gizzillion hearings on this subject. We understand this issue pretty well and we are not working on coming up with a solution.”

“We’ve been litigating this for the last eight years,” Thune said, reiterating McConnell’s comments.

What are the specifics?

Thune told reporters that his colleagues are working on language that would include a deficit reduction in the bill that was also included in the House bill, “which means we’re going to have to find savings elsewhere in the bill.”