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Trump forced to pull health care bill in major setback

US Speaker of the House Paul Ryan arrives ffor a caucus meeting on the American Health Care Act, on Capitol Hill, March 24, 2017, in Washington, DC. US President Donald Trump on Friday asked Ryan to withdraw the embattled Republican health care bill, moments before a vote, signaling a major political defeat for the US president.Nicholas Kamm / AFP

Donald Trump on Friday asked House Speaker Paul Ryan to withdraw an embattled Republican health care bill, moments before a vote, signaling a major political defeat for the US president.

“The speaker talked to the president at three o’clock today and the president asked the speaker to pull the bill,” a leadership aide in the House of Representatives told AFP.

Trump had put his reputation as a dealmaker on the line with the high-risk vote, even as Republican rebels threatened to torpedo their own party’s attempt to repeal and replace Barack Obama’s signature health law.

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