Schumer seizes on Trump team's offer to work with Dems

"But he's going to have to tell the Freedom Caucus and the hard-right special wealthy interests who are dominating his presidency. he can't work with them, and we'll certainly look at his proposals", Schumer said.

Instead, Trump on Friday laid the blame on Democrats.

Rep. Ted Poe announced Sunday he has resigned from the conservative House Freedom Caucus over its opposition to the Republican health care plan, becoming the group's first public casualty in the fall-out over its role in defeating the bill. On Saturday night, Trump took to Twitter to urge people to watch Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, who subsequently proceeded, on her show, to tear into House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., and demand that he resign.

Trump tweeted Sunday that the caucus and other conservative groups like the Club for Growth and Heritage Action for America had helped safeguard ObamaCare.

He said he wanted the House blueprint to be the basis for Trump's tax reform plan rather than have competing versions from Treasury and the White House.

Fresh off a defeat on USA healthcare legislation, the White House warned rebellious conservative lawmakers that they should get behind President Donald Trump's agenda or he may opt to bypass them on future legislative fights, including tax reform.

Mr. Poe's resignation comes hours after Mr. Trump tweeted that the Freedom Caucus, along with cash-flush conservative groups that share its hard-line ideological views, "have saved Planned Parenthood" and Obamacare by opposing the bill. "But we couldn't get one Democrat vote, not one". The White House and House Leadership argued the AHCA would repeal Obamacare.

Now when there is every reason to believe that the Republican-controlled Congress would be able to vote on a bill, get it through a conference committee and to the president for signature, Republicans could not get their act together and structure a "winning" bill.

Friday's stunning defeat of the long-awaited GOP healthcare bill sent a deafening wake up call to President Donald Trump, who immediately told reporters his campaign promise failure was a learning experience.

President Trump must get his party's house in order before he steps in it again.

But the events of the last week have led to much more overt Republican criticism of the Freedom Caucus, which pushed for conservative changes to the GOP health care overhaul. "We always have been", said Reince Priebus on Fox News Sunday.

The Democrats have blamed Trump for not consulting them on the issue.

Majority Whip Steve Scalise also projected confidence, saying Democrats' celebrations were "premature" and that House Republicans were already moving toward agreement after last week's debacle.

Now, Sorkin said, the plan for tax cuts is starting at a 20% corporate rate and could be even higher, possibly up to the 28% that was suggested by President Barack Obama in 2012 and 2013.

  • Leroy Wright