President Donald Trump reacted swiftly on Twitter after the Senate rejected a measure to repeal parts of former President Barack Obama’s health care law, saying the senators who voted “no” early Friday morning “let the American people down.”
Three Republican senators -- John McCain of Arizona, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine -- voted with Democrats to defeat the measure.
“3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down. As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!” the president tweeted within an hour of the dramatic vote in the Senate.
Several Republicans, including Vice President Mike Pence, had animated conversations with McCain before the vote, CNN reported.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell called the Senate rejection “clearly a disappointing moment.”
"It's time to move on," McConnell said.