Had businessman and Republican donor Donald Trump been at the helm of the beleaguered Obamacare website Healthcare.gov, he would have gone straight to Google to engineer the site, he said Wednesday.
"I would have advised them to go to Google or one of our other great technological companies and get their act straightened out," Trump told the Washington Examiner. "They should have done that before they did the roll out with a Canadian company with a bad track record."
The troubled health care site was created by CGI, a Canadian company.
When pressed on whether the federal government could have afforded Google's services, Trump was not discouraged.
"I think Google would have done it for nothing as a contribution to this country, as a public service," he said.
The Obama administration is now under pressure by vulnerable Democratic lawmakers to extend the March 31, 2014, deadline by which people will have to sign up for health insurance or pay a fine. The glitch-plagued roll out of the new health care rules that started Oct. 1 has raised concerns that people won't be able to buy insurance in time to avoid the penalty.
In light of the early technical difficulties, some lawmakers of both parties have called for the administration to fire responsible government officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. On Wednesday, Trump echoed those calls.
"I’d get rid of all the characters that destroyed this thing," Trump said. "I’d go to one of our great technology companies and I’d use them."
Trump, who toyed with the idea of running for president in 2012, was in Washington Wednesday to receive an award at an American Spectator dinner. He plans to remain politically involved during the 2014 mid-term elections — in "a lot" of races, he said — and into 2016.
Trump has already announced his support for and contributed to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who faces both a tough primary and general election next year. Trump plans to continue to visit the early-primary states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, an aide confirmed.
Trump, a Republican, declined to comment on who might hold the advantage among the current field of potential GOP presidential contenders in 2016.
"It could very well be somebody that nobody’s even thinking of right now," he said. "But, it’s just too early to say."
Trump declined to assign blame for the government shutdown that has caused political problems for Republicans, but he derided the inconsistency Republicans displayed during the standoff.
"There were so many people that were so divisive and not backing people that were willing to take a stand," Trump said. "So, if Republicans stuck together, I think they could have had a much better result."