Trump may bypass hardline conservatives on tax, White House says

The picture emerging Monday appeared to be that caucus members realize that their future largely depends on fulfilling campaign promises to fully repeal and replace the 2010 health care law. "I think there is a discussion that began, as I mentioned yesterday, of a lot of individuals on both sides of the aisle reaching out to both the President and key staff members to share ideas and additional ways forward".

Priebus did not answer directly regarding Trump's choice, saying that fixes to the health law will have to come legislatively and he wants to ensure "people don't get left behind".

Trump, Ryan and other Republican leaders worked for days to sway their colleagues, inviting them to the White House and meeting with them behind-closed door in the Capitol.

"This is not on President Trump, " Pirro said.

"Cost-sharing reductions help millions of Americans get the care and coverage they need", America's Health Insurance Plans, a main industry group, said in a statement last month.

Their comments came after another day of finger-pointing among Republicans, both subtle and otherwise.

Mr. Scott tweeted, "Mark Meadows betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Dems to protect Obamacare".

"He doesn't blame Paul Ryan", Priebus said. And if there's any kind of disconnect, I think it really is focused on the fact that the Trump agenda is one that is not as similar to the agenda that the party's been about in the last eight years.

"Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House".

Ryan doubled down amid suggestions that Republicans are planning on sidelining healthcare and moving right on to tax reform. When Mr Trump was drawing up his list of potential Supreme Court nominees a year ago, he said he was relying on guidance from Heritage and from the Federalist Society, an influential conservative legal group.

DAVIS: And there was a hope at the start of this Congress that those same hard line conservatives who had bucked leadership in the past would be team players now that they had a Republican the White House. Trump said he would turn his attention to getting "big tax cuts" through Congress, which could well run into rough weather knowing the hostility that Trump continues to face and the shocking lack of tact he shows.

"I think it's more or less a warning shot".

The right-wing Freedom Caucus rejected the bill because they felt it didn't do enough to dismantle Obamacare insurance regulations.

He urged Trump to go a different path: Reject the Freedom Caucus and work with Democrats. At the same time, their requested changes alienated more moderate Republicans and rendedered the bill unpassable.

He said we must come together to find solutions to move this country forward, and he believes leaving the House Freedom Caucus will make him better able to do that.

"It's not a ideal plan but I'm really grateful to have what I do have", she said. That's a shift for a fiscal conservative concerned about deficits.

  • Larry Hoffman