Donald Trump says 'we must fight' Freedom Caucus, Democrats
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 3:08
"I share his frustration", he told reporters Thursday.
He said that he may very well have to battle both the Democratic Party as well as members of the conservative group during the midterm elections in order to assure his administration's agenda wins approved.
Dan Meyer, a legislative affairs chief to former Republican President George W. Bush, said that with the Freedom Caucus threatening Trump's agenda, the White House either had to crack the code to working with those conservatives, or tack to the left. "And that's not, that's hardly a conservative thing". "The leader schedules the floor".
After the bill was publicly pulled from consideration, Perry said in a statement that the proposed bill failed to end government control of personal health care.
The same poll found negative views of five of the six changes Republicans envisioned for the bill, including allowing insurers to charge older customers higher premiums than is now allowed, reduced funds for Medicaid and denying federal dollars to Planned Parenthood. Trent Franks, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar and David Schweikert; South Carolina Reps.
There are some Freedom Caucus members who, granted anonymity, sound more willing to accept a deal ― particularly with the continued criticism from Trump.
"I think what happened needed to happen", he added.
But the recriminations continue with the GOP, as frustrated Republicans lashed out over the collapse of one of their top campaign promises.
Meanwhile, Trump intensified his war on the media with another tweet on Thursday.
"I'm going to let the tweet for itself", White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters.
Trump's anger at the Freedom Caucus for posing as a stubborn impediment to his governing runs the risk of alienating the conservative base that fueled his rise during last year's Republican primaries and has to this point remained loyal to the president.
Massie, who is not a member of the Freedom Caucus, answered Trump's tweet with one of his own.
"We're within striking distance", he said. And it doesn't do what we told the voters we were gonna do and the American people understand that, that's why only 17 percent of the population supports this legislation.
"I don't feel compelled", Brat said of voting down the Republican line, according to NPR.
Ryan on Thursday said he was sympathetic to the president's angry tweet, which came a day after a number of conservative groups met with White House senior officials to discuss the president's agenda, including the failed health bill.
Republican lawmakers still await key details on what Trump's priorities are in the monumental tax reform effort they want to launch.
"Many Republicans just want repeal", Sen. While Ryan expressed openness to the idea, McConnell said he thought doing so would be futile.
In his opening bid to restart talks on healthcare reform, President Trump went for the tongue-in-cheek approach with a bipartisan group of senators. But he warns that will be the result if House Republicans can't come together and pass their bill.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday that no vote is now planned on the measure.