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Strategic golf: Trump and Rand Paul hit the links, make progress on healthcare reform

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President Trump has gotten a lot of flak lately for his golf outings, but as any businessperson knows, golf can be just as much about business as about fun, and a deal or even progress towards a deal isn’t lessened by the fact that it took place between tee shots.

On Sunday, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a prominent Senate supporter of the House Freedom Caucus and staunch opponent of Paul Ryan’s failed healthcare bill, accepted Trump’s invitation to play a round of golf at Trump National Golf Club in northern Virginia.

White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, was there too, and as would be expected a main topic of conversation was healthcare.

Speaking with reporters afterward, Paul confirmed as much:

“We had a great day with the president,” Paul said. “We did talk about some health care reform. I think the sides are getting closer and closer together. And I remain very optimistic that we will get an ObamaCare repeal.”

Before the outing, President Trump tweeted this:

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/848521325480202240

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/848519587675201538

After the outing, Senator Paul weighed in on social media as well:

In other words, in the immortal words of Yogi Berra, “it ain’t over ’till it’s over.”

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Scott Morefield

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