Trump blames party hardliners for health debacle, as more battles loom
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 28, 2017,
Mar 28, 2017, 7:01
President Donald Trump's aides have opened the door to working with moderate Democrats on health care and other issues.
Schumer said Sunday that Trump must be willing to drop attempts to repeal his predecessor's signature achievement, warning that Trump was destined to "lose again" on other parts of his agenda if he remained beholden to conservative Republicans.
Trump initially focused blame for the measure's failure on Democrats and predicted a dire future for the current law.
The issue confronting Trump is similar to the one that President Obama and then-House Speaker John Boehner of OH faced in 2013: a block of conservative Republicans who are willing to vote "No" instead of bowing to pressure from the White House, Wall Street, and even powerful establishment interest groups.
Despite casting himself on the campaign trail as "the best dealmaker there is", Trump could not save the healthcare bill yanked by Republican leaders in the House of Representatives on Friday in an embarrassing turn of events for them and Trump. Poe tweeted Friday that some lawmakers "would've voted against the 10 Commandments". "Saying no is easy, leading is hard".
"I don't think the president is closing the door on anything", he said. Now, as the party struggles to adjust to the post-Obama political order, it is facing a nagging question: How do you hold together when the man who unified you in opposition is no longer around? "And I think the president is disappointed in the number of people he thought were loyal to him that weren't", he said.
Schumer said Republicans who continue to insist on repealing Obamacare will "get nowhere". I just wonder, what potential is there for Donald Trump if he chooses to go after moderate Democrats as we go on now?
Trump faces decisions on whether to back administrative changes to fix Obama's health care law or undermine it as prices for insurance plans rise in many markets.
Support for Trump appeared unflagging, from the playing fields of a Republican stronghold in central Florida to the small town diners of North Carolina, the suburbs of Arkansas and the streets of working-class Staten Island in New York City.
"You can not run the presidency like you run a real estate deal", the New York Democrat said on ABC's "This Week".
Senate minority leader Charles Schumer of NY warned earlier this month about the prospect of a shutdown.
"Congressman", said ABC's This Week host George Stephanopoulos, "the president days he's going to move on, and he's blaming you for 'saving Planned Parenthood, saving ObamaCare.'" Meadows argued, contra Trump, that this "is not the end of the debate" and to end the health-care conversation now is "like saying Tom Brady lost at half-time" in the 2017 Super Bowl.
Their comments came after another day of finger-pointing among Republicans, both subtle and otherwise. She led her show by calling for House Speaker Paul Ryan to resign, blaming him for the defeat of the bill in the Republican-controlled chamber.
Sen. Rand Paul and the Freedom Caucus are not blameless.
But before the White House can think about picking off Democrats, the president would have to build a relationship with a caucus that is wary and distrustful of him.
Priebus said Trump was not backing off his view that the tax reform bill needed a border tax. There the president, who doesn't face voters again for almost four years, if ever, warned members that many could lose their jobs 84 weeks from now in the 2018 midterms if they repealed their repeal promise.
"If they're applauding, they shouldn't, because I can tell you that conversations over the last 48 hours are really about how we come together in the Republican conference and try to get this over the finish line", Meadows said.