According to Trump, There's One Deal More Elusive Than Israeli-Palestinian Peace

Trump had described Mideast peace as 'the hardest deal to get.' Now it seems he has changed his mind

U.S President Donald Trump points to someone as he attends the Bastille Day parade in Paris, July 14, 2017.
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WASHINGTON - When Donald Trump entered the White House back in January, he spoke about his wish to bring about an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement, calling it "the ultimate deal." 

"I've heard that it was the hardest deal to get," Trump said. The president also said a number of times that "if you can make that deal, you can make any deal." 

But this week, when speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One on the way to a state visit in France, the president admitted that he has discovered at least one deal that is harder to get than the elusive Middle East peace accord: a deal with Washington lawmakers on the future of American healthcare. 

"I'd say the only thing more difficult than peace between Israel and the Palestinians is healthcare," Trump told the reporters traveling with him to Europe. "It's like this narrow road that's about a quarter of an inch wide," Trump said. "You get a couple here and you say, great, and then you find out you just lost four over here. Healthcare is tough."

The Trump administration has been struggling in recent weeks to find language for a healthcare bill that will replace the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). Attempts to create a bill that will be supported by more than 50 Republican senators have failed as of Friday afternoon. 

Unlike Middle East peace, which Trump vowed to "work very hard" on but not necessarily to succeed in achieving – it is, after all, a tough goal which multiple presidents before him have failed to secure – getting a new healthcare bill was one of his primary election promises. Trump still insisted on Friday morning he will succeed in this mission.