New York Times and Washington Post reporters reveal Trump's reaction in first calls after health care bill pulled

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Before President Donald Trump spoke to the American people after the defeat of his proposed health care bill, he first reached out to two outlets he has previously referred to as "fake news."

Moments after Trump and GOP leaders pulled their "Obamacare" repeal bill off the House floor on Friday, Trump spoke to The New York Times over the telephone, where he blamed Democrats and predicted the Affordable Care Act, which he referred to as Obamacare, will "explode."

"The best thing that could happen is exactly what happened — watch," he told the Times. "It's enough already."

The Washington Post's Robert Costa wrote that Trump called his cellphone to inform him that the health care bill was dead.

"President Trump called me on my cellphone on Friday afternoon at 3:31 p.m. At first I thought it was a reader with a complaint since it was a blocked number," wrote Costa. "Instead, it was the president calling from the Oval Office. His voice was even, his tone muted. He did not bury the lede: 'Hello, Bob,' Trump began. 'So, we just pulled it.'"

Trump, who had vowed throughout his campaign and after taking office that he would fix America's health care system, also told Costa that the Democrats were to blame.

"The beauty," Trump said while referring to the Democrats, "is that they own Obamacare. So when it explodes they come to us and we make one beautiful deal for the people."

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Shortly after, Trump addressed the nation, where he again predicted on live television that the Affordable Care Act, which he referred to only as Obamacare, will ultimately explode and force the Democrats to work with them on a better plan.

"We were very close and it was a very tight margin," said Trump from the Oval Office. "We had no Democrat support, we had no votes from the Democrats. They weren't going to give us a single vote so it was a very difficult thing to do.

"The best thing we can do politically speaking is let Obamacare explode. It's exploding right now. Almost all states have big problems," he said, naming Tennessee and Kentucky as examples.

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Tea Party Patriots supporters hold signs protesting the Affordable Care Act in front of the Supreme Court as the court hears arguments on the health care reform bill on Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

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Affordable Care Act supporters wave signs outside the Supreme Court after the court upheld court's Obamacare on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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A man holds signs during a protest on the second day of oral arguments for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building on March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today is the second of three days the high court has set aside to hear six hours of arguments over the constitutionality President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Sister Caroline attends a rally with other supporters of religious freedom to praise the Supreme Court's decision in the Hobby Lobby, contraception coverage requirement case on June 30, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Oklahoma-based Hobby Lobby, which operates a chain of arts-and-craft stores, challenged the provision and the high court ruled 5-4 that requiring family-owned corporations to pay for insurance coverage for contraception under the Affordable Care Act violated a federal law protecting religious freedom.

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An Obamacare supporter counter protests a Tea Party rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in the morning hours of March 27, 2012 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court continued to hear oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Affordable Care Act supporters hold up signs outside the Supreme Court as they wait for the court's decision on Obamacare on Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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Ron Kirby holds a sign while marching in protest of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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A protester waves his bible in the air as he overpowered by cheers from supporters of the Affordable Care Act as they celebrate the opinion for health care outside of the Supreme Court in Washington,Thursday June 25, 2015. The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

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Nuns, who are opposed to the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate, and other supporters rally outside of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, March 23, 2016. On Wednesday morning, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in Zubik v. Burwell, a consolidated case brought by religious groups challenging a process for opting out of the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

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Supporters of contraception rally before Zubik v. Burwell, an appeal brought by Christian groups demanding full exemption from the requirement to provide insurance covering contraception under the Affordable Care Act, is heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 23, 2016.

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Protestors hold placards challenging 'Obamacare' outside of the US Supreme Court on March 4, 2015 in Washington, DC. The US Supreme Court heard a second challenge to US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act. The US Supreme Court faces a momentous case Wednesday on the sweeping health insurance reform law that President Barack Obama wants to leave as part of his legacy. The question before the court is whether the seven million people or more who subscribed via the government's website can obtain tax subsidies that make the coverage affordable. A ruling is expected in June.

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 Linda Door (L) protests against President Obama's health care plan in front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 26, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today the high court, which has set aside six hours over three days, will hear arguments over the constitutionality President Barack Obama's Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Supporters of the Affordable Care Act celebrate after the Supreme Court up held the law in the 6-3 vote at the Supreme Court in Washington June 25, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide availability of tax subsidies that are crucial to the implementation of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law, handing a major victory to the president.

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Trump, who recently gave an interview to Time magazine about all of the events he claims to have predicted, then predicted a "very, very bad" 2017.

"A lot of people don't realize how good our bill was because they were viewing Phase 1, but when you add Phase 2 and Phase 3, which I think we would have gotten, it became a great bill," he said.

When taking questions later, Trump conceded, however, that he there were "things in this bill that I didn't particularly like." He said, "We can do a better bill" and said that Obamacare was 100 percent Democratic and that "having a bi-partisan" bill would be a "good thing."

Despite the loss, Trump reiterated that the best thing that could happen is what happened today, because "we'll end up with a truly great bill in the future after this mess known as Obamacare explodes.

"What would be really good is if the Democrats, when it explodes, which it will soon, is if they got together with us and if we got a real healthcare bill," he said. "I'd be totally open to it."

He then singled out Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

"I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own it," he said. "They 100 percent own it. This is not a Republican health care. They have Obamacare for a little while longer until it ceases to exist, which it will, at some point in the future."

He added, "When they all become civilized and get together and try to work out a great healthcare for this country we're totally open to it."

Trump said he learned a lot from the process, including about loyalty, the voting process and about some "very archaic rules in obviously the Senate and the House." He maintained that the experience will result in a better healthcare plan in the "no-so-distant" future.

He continued, "Bad things are going to happen to Obamacare. There's not much you can do to help it. I've been saying that for a year and a half: the insurance companies are leaving and you have states in some cases [that] soon will not be covered. There's no way out of that."

Despite harping on the fact that "we will be living with Obamacare for the foreseeable future," he insisted that he does want great healthcare for the people of this nation. Saying of the Democrats, "Whenever they're ready, we're ready."

Before signing off on Friday, Trump reminded Americans that he never said he planned to reveal and replace the bill within 64 days of taking office.

"I have a long time," he said. "I really believe there will be some Democratic support that will happen."

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