March 24, 2017 / 2:56 PM / 5 months ago

Trump says he backs House speaker even if healthcare bill fails

U.S. President Donald Trump attends a meeting with truckers and CEOs regarding healthcare at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2017.Carlos Barria

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan should stay on as leader even if Republicans' healthcare plan to dismantle Obamacare fails to pass the chamber later on Friday.

Asked about the bill, which faces opposition from within the party, Trump said to reporters at the White House: "We'll see what happens."

Reporting by Jeff Mason; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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