President Donald Trump attends a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on March 13, 2017 in Washington, DC. The House Republicans' bill known as the 'American Health Care Act', which is intended to replace the Affordable Care Act and is endorsed by President Trump, has faced criticism from both Republicans and Democrats. Photograph by Michael Reynolds—Pool/Getty
4:56 PM ET
(WASHINGTON) — Congressional sources say President Donald Trump has told Republican senators that the House health care bill is "mean" and that the Senate version should be "more generous."
The remarks were a surprising critique of a Republican-written House measure whose passage Trump fought for and embraced. They also seem to undercut efforts by Senate conservatives to impose restrictions in their chamber's legislation, such as curbing the Medicaid health care program for the poor and limiting the services insurers must cover.
The sources say the president did not say what aspects of the bill he was characterizing.
Trump's comments were described by people who received accounts of a White House lunch Trump had Tuesday with 15 GOP senators. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal a closed-door conversation.