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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington upon arrival from a round of golf with President Donald Trump, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Trump and Sen. Rand Paul hit the golf course to talk health care


President Donald Trump and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) played a round of golf Sunday morning at Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Va. 

White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham told Fortune that Trump planned to talk with Paul and budget director Mick Mulvane about policy, specifically healthcare. 

Paul was an outspoken critic of the GOP's plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Republican leaders ultimately pulled the bill before it came to a vote.

Paul previously called the GOP's plan "ObamaCare Lite" and said it surely wouldn't pass. 

Before the bill was pulled Trump tweeted saying that he believed Paul would "come along with the new and great health care program because he knows Obamacare is a disaster!" 

After the round of golf, Paul tweeted, "I had a great time today with @realDonaldTrump and believe we are getting closer to an agreement on health care!" 

Before heading out to the golf course this morning, Trump tweeted this.

Sunday's golf outing wasn't an unusual one for Trump, who has visited his own golf courses in Virginia and Florida since taking office. Sometimes he incorporates official business into the rounds. Trump previously played with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Florida.

During former President Obama's time in office, Trump often criticized him for golfing, saying if he won the election he'd be too busy for it.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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