- The Washington Times - Friday, May 5, 2017

Rep. Mark Sanford said Friday that President Trump’s previous threats against him regarding his health care vote played no role in his decision to support the bill.

Mr. Trump said in March that if Mr. Sanford, one of the holdouts on the Republicans earlier attempt to reform health care, did not support the bill, then he would back a primary challenger to Mr. Sanford in 2018.

Mr. Sanford said on CNN that “absolutely” did not play a part in changing his support for this bill.

“Absolutely not. Because after he threatened me [back in March] I voted no. There were only three people who voted against the bill and I was one of them,” Mr. Sanford explained.

“I was part of the group that ultimately stopped the bill in March,” he said.

Mr. Sanford said the reason he voted for the new Republican health care law on Thursday is because of the additional amendments that gave states more flexibility and more protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

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