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Trump calls Mike Lee a 'good guy' despite opposing health care bill

President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
President Donald Trump speaks during a bill signing event for the "Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017" in the East Room of the White House, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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President Donald Trump called Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, a “good guy” on Friday, despite the senator’s opposition to the revised health care bill.

Lee is one of four Republicans who said they were “not ready” to vote for the health care reform legislation, which was revealed to the senate on Thursday.

“Currently, for a variety of reasons, we are not ready to vote for this bill, but we are open to negotiation and obtaining more information before it is brought to the floor," Lee said in a joint statement with Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Rand Paul, R-Ky.

But Trump said in an interview with “Fox & Friends” taped Thursday that he thinks a deal is still imminent.

“They’re four good guys and they’re friends of mine,” the president said in the interview. “We have four very good people, and it’s not that they’re opposed. They’d like to get certain changes and we’ll see if we can take care of that.”

According to Roll Call, White House aides said Trump will be involved in discussions to help nudge the senators in favor of the health care reform bill.

Cruz said he hopes to get to a “yes” vote soon.

Trump said health care bills are difficult because it’s hard to please everyone.

But he sees an optimistic future.

“It’s a very, very narrow path,” the president said, according to Roll Call.

Meanwhile, Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office said he approves of the bill and "was closely involved in the drafting process and secured a number of critical health care victories for Utah.”

Hatch discussed his support of the bill in a Deseret News column Friday. He said the bill will give Utahns a fair deal that will address family-related concerns and provide a better health care system.

“The final product will repeal Obamacare and replace it with something better — but only after conducting a close study and receiving input from all sides,” he wrote.

Senate Major Leader Mitch McConnell still hopes to convince all Republicans to support the health care bill.