One year ago today, Sen. Dean Heller was fleeing into a Capitol Hill elevator in order to avoid a CNN reporter’s questions about health care after Heller “decided to come back to the table” to negotiate his support for the GOP’s repeal effort in the Senate. When pressed on his conversations with President Trump, all Heller had to say was: “I don’t want to talk about it.” Just weeks later, Heller had caved.
Republican Sen. Dean Heller is having discussions with Senate leaders about the GOP health care bill that he opposes — but for now, he doesn’t want to show his cards.
“I’m not going to tell you,” Heller told CNN on Thursday, when asked what kind of negotiations he has been having with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “I’m not going to negotiate with the press here on what it’s going to take to get to something favorable for the state of Nevada.”
One topic Heller didn’t want to discuss: his conversation with President Donald Trump this week about a pro-Trump group’s attack ad against him.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” Heller said, when asked what he said to Trump about the ad when he visited the White House this week. “It’s a private conversation.“
Pressed on whether Trump said he wasn’t aware of the ad, Heller again said: “I don’t want to talk about it. But thank you.”