Trump, speaking at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf club, declared once again that he was the one who passed the Veterans’ Choice program – added, “They’ve been trying to do that. Gone through the decades and decades and decades and no President ever did, and we were done. “
In fact, former President Barack Obama signed the Choice into law program in 2014. The law allows eligible veterans to be covered by the government for care provided by doctors outside the VA system. supply, is a bipartisan initiative led by two Trump senators. criticized, Vermont̵
7;s Bernie Sanders and the late John McCain of Arizona.
What Trump signed was a 2018 law, the VA MISSION Act, that amended and extended the eligibility criteria from the Selection program. Instead of promoting that bill, Trump has stated repeatedly that he created the Veterans’ choice – after others had failed for “50 years”.
“Why do you keep saying that you’ve overcame the Veterans’ Choice?” CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid asked Trump at a press conference Saturday, in which Trump announced executive actions on coronavirus relief.
When Trump tried to call up another reporter instead, Reid continued, “You said you passed the Veterans’ Choice. It was passed in 2014 … it was a false statement, Sir.”
Trump paused, then replied: “OK. Thank you very much.” Then he left when the song “YMCA” played.
Trump was never, or almost never, challenged in his Veterans’ Choice statement before Reid did.