Trump, talking at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf membership, had claimed once more that he’s the one who bought the Veterans Choice program handed — including, “They’ve been trying to get that passed for decades and decades and decades and no president’s ever been able to do it, and we got it done.”
In truth, former President Barack Obama signed
the Choice program into legislation in 2014. The legislation, which allowed eligible veterans to be coated by the federal government for care offered by medical doctors outdoors the VA system, was a bipartisan initiative
spearheaded by two senators Trump has repeatedly criticized, Bernie Sanders of Vermont and the late John McCain of Arizona.
What Trump signed
was a 2018 legislation, the VA MISSION Act, that changed and expanded the eligibility criteria
from the Choice program. Rather than tout that invoice, Trump has claimed time and again that he created Veterans Choice itself — after others had failed for “50 years.”
“Why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice?” CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid requested Trump on the Saturday information convention, throughout which Trump introduced executive actions
on coronavirus aid.
As Trump tried to name on one other reporter as a substitute, Reid continued, “You said that you passed Veterans Choice. It was passed in 2014…it was a false statement, sir.”
Trump paused, then responded: “OK. Thank you very much, everybody.” He then walked away because the music “YMCA” performed.
Trump had both by no means or nearly by no means been challenged on the Veterans Choice declare earlier than Reid did so.