The president triggered astonishment and glee by drawing the comparison in Australia's favour during a meeting with prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, hours after the House narrowly passed a bill to repeal parts of Obamacare.

The White House on Saturday downplayed recent comments by Trump praising Australia's healthcare system, with a spokesperson saying there is no desire to implement a similar system in America. It has long come under attack by conservatives.

"We have a failing health care - I shouldn't say this to our great gentleman and my friend from Australia because you have better health care than we do", said Trump.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House's deputy press secretary who is filling in to replace Sean Spicer, faced many questions during a press briefing Friday.

Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump have finally found something they can agree on: Australia's universal health care system. Sen.

Ms Huckabee Sanders said Mr Trump's remarks did not mean he thought the USA should adopt a similar system to Australia's.

Mr Trump said he would "absolutely" visit Australia as President, with a possible window in November when a series of leadership summits are scheduled in the region, but no dates have been set. "President Trump praised the Australian health care system. and the president is right", the video states. "And let's move - maybe he wants to take a look at the Canadian system or systems throughout Europe".

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"Thank you Mr. Trump for admitting that universal health care is the better way to go. I'll be sure to quote you on the floor of the Senate", Sanders tweeted.

Last Friday, Trump chose to stick to the original statement- with an amendment: "Of course the Australians have better healthcare than we do - everybody does", he posted to Twitter.

Eyeing a victory, a jubilant Trump tweeted during the vote that, if successful, Republicans would gather for "big press conference at the lovely Rose Garden of the White House" immediately afterwards. It's built on millions of people-to-people ties.

"This Republican health care bill needs to either be flushed down the toilet or thrown in the garbage", he tweeted Friday.

"We acknowledged and thanked those great veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea, that battle where Australian and American sailors and aviators turned the tide of war".

In 2014, the Australian government spent 9% of its GDP on healthcare, compared to the 17% spent by the United States the same year. I think I know the gospel pretty well and I'd say The CBO is not the gospel. The premiums are going to come down very substantially.