Trump targets individual Freedom Caucus members in Obamacare tweetstorm
- Author: Joanne Flowers Mar 31, 2017,
Mar 31, 2017, 16:58
President Donald Trump trained his fire on members of his own party Thursday, declaring in the aftermath of the Republican's failed health care push that the conservative Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire GOP agenda. On the economy, 44% say they believe the president is doing a good job, while 45% say they disagree.
House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no interest in working with Democrats on getting health care legislation passed, disputing a suggestion by the White House to reach across the aisle and bypass conservative House Republicans.
"It's very understandable the president is frustrated we haven't gotten to where we need to go, because this is something we all said we would do", Ryan said.
The passage of this healthcare bill was extremely significant to President Trump and Paul Ryan, because this was the first major challenge for the Republicans in the House, and it was an indication everyone was on the same page.
Trump's message wasn't subtle - nor was it random.
And Rep. Raul Labrador of Idaho, who criss-crossed the country to campaign for Trump a year ago, tweeted what may have been a veiled shot at House Speaker Paul Ryan.
"The president is going to hold accountable members that he finds stand in the way", Short told ABC News' Rick Klein and Jonathan Karl on the "Powerhouse Politics" podcast. "The government shouldn't tell you what you must do with your life, with your healthcare", he said.
In tandem, the messages form a dual-pronged campaign to try and emphasize - and raise the stakes - of the risks of remaining a divided party, according to sources familiar with the effort.
I asked Collins if there was any realistic chance of a vote on a health care bill before the April recess begins at the end of next week.
Notably, whites - who formed an important chunk of Trump's political base during the election - divide about evenly on the approval question, 53 percent approving and 47 percent disapproving.
Trump went farther on Thursday.
But on Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Mr. Trump has received calls from both parties and is willing to work with Democrats if necessary. Lawmakers are independent contractors answering to voters, not to the president, he said. After all, the President is not particularly tied into conservative orthodoxy.
Will Trump really force their hand on "repair"?
Democrats are not inclined to vote to repeal Obamacare, and they aren't inclined to vote for a Supreme Court nominee that Trump has billed as very conservative.
Brady 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.
He cited polls showing opposition to the bill, saying, "It doesn't change Washington like we told them we were going to change Washington".
"It didn't take long for the swamp to drain real Donald Trump", tweeted Rep. Justin Amash of MI.
In Washington D.C., Sen.
Meadows is the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, but it wasn't immediately clear why Trump also singled out Jordan and Labrador. "I do not believe that's the case", he said.
"I don't get involved in any of that drama business", he said.
Strong majorities backed two Obama requirements the GOP would have left in place: Insurers can't deny policies to sick people and must cover children up to age 26 under their parents' plans.
SHAPIRO: Is the Freedom Caucus feeling much pressure?
Still, some experts said the GOP still needs to pass a new law because money for Trump's planned tax reform was supposed to come in part from tax savings after the repeal of Obamacare, which has levied a number of taxes on the country.