Donald Trump blasts Republican Freedom Caucus group
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 18:19
As Trump and House leaders made changes to get Freedom Caucus support, moderate House members started announcing their opposition and no vote on the bill was held.
Early in the morning, he said on Twitter that the caucus would "hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team".
But as the White House considered flexing its muscle against the Freedom Caucus, the group remained unbowed, with several members immediately hitting back against a president whose agenda has stalled, whose approval ratings are hovering below 40 percent and who has been dogged by the ongoing probe into contacts between his associates and Russian officials.
".@RealDonaldTrump We are where we've always been: "committed to keeping our promise", the Freedom Caucus responded in a series of tweets Friday".
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows admitted Trump's tweet makes their hope for health-care reform more hard.
She's a longtime political operative and was among many in the Trump administration who noticed with irritation that pro-Trump groups weren't engaged in the fight over health care. "We're trying to help you succeed".
"What I worry about", he said, "is if we don't do this, then [Trump will] just go work with Democrats to try to change Obamacare". The White House has been contacting centrist Democrats to test their appetite for working with him.
For now, the negotiations are being handling by top lawmakers on the House and Senate Appropriations committees, a pragmatic-minded group with a time-tested history of producing results.
On Sunday, Trump tweeted that the Freedom Caucus had helped save Planned Parenthood, and Monday he tweeted that they were able to "snatch defeat from the jaws of victory". "But if this Republican Congress allows the ideal to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with the Democrats".
"This is a can-do president, who's a business guy, and he wants to get things done", Ryan said. He threatened to make sure its members lost their 2018 elections, but that didn't convince them. In recent days, the president has been out of sync with the two highest ranking Republicans in Congress, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But for all their reputed rigidity, most of the Freedom Caucus had accepted the inclusion in the Ryan bill of tax credits for people without access to Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-provided insurance - a policy that they had previously tended to oppose. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment". He said he was "disappointed" in the House Freedom Caucus, but he called them "friends of mine".
"If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform", another Trump tweet read.
"So you at no time said, 'Whatever you find out, you should probably go tell President Trump about it?'"
"I would have to say no", Scheel said.
After the AHCA was withdrawn from the House last week, Hannity insisted that it was "not President Trump's failure".
That was a big problem for the Republicans, who could only lose about 20 votes.
30 de marzo de 2017, 15:29Washington, Mar 30 (Prensa Latina) Republican and Democrat voters in United States agree today that their respective parties are experiencing a deep internal split, according to an NBC News and Survey Monkey poll.