Trump downplays spat with Turnbull, says everything is 'fantastic'

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Sen. Bernie Sanders burst out laughing on live television after hearing President Donald Trump praise Australia's universal health care system on Thursday.

US President Donald Trump has said that every country has better healthcare than the United States, after the House of Representatives passed legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's signature health insurance program, known as Obamacare.

As CNBC reported, Trump had spoken earlier in the day in NY at a press conference with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and touted Republicans' latest health care bill. As Trump gloated about how he thinks the bill will improve health care for Americans, he turned to Turnbull and said, "You have better health care than we do". "So maybe when we get to the Senate we should start off with looking at the Australian health care system", Sanders told CNN's Anderson Cooper.

That could seem apt to describe what has been a rollercoaster ride for Mr Turnbull and Mr Trump since the president took office on January 20. "We have a fantastic relationship, I love Australia, I always have", Trump said as the pair met for the first time. Trump says it "got a little bit testy" but denies the tone was any harsher than that.

The two leaders convened on a decommissioned aircraft carrier, the Intrepid, in NY, to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of the Coral Sea.

In an earlier tweet Friday, Trump said his "Big win in the House" was "very exciting!"

Trump vowed to visit Australia as president, calling it "one of the great, great places" and noted he had many friends there.

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MSNBC's Chris Hayes played a clip of Trump's comment while interviewing Sanders on May 4.

"Under Obamacare, the Medicaid program here in the U.S. expanded quite a lot", says March.

But Trump told Turnbull: "We have a failing healthcare".

Trump met Malcolm Turnbull Thursday night in NY and addressed the rumors of bad blood between the two leaders.

The video also noted that Australians can expect to live longer than Americans, on average.

Mr Turnbull received similar backlash on social media for his appraisal of President Trump's congressional victory, which is expected to leave 24 million more Americans without health coverage by 2026, Reuters reported.

Despite the announcement made by Mr Trump and House Republicans in the Rose Garden of the White House after the vote, Obamacare is not dead yet.

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