Trump threatens to fight Freedom Caucus in 2018 midterm elections

Trump's frustrations with the Freedom Caucus reflect only part of his challenge in moving legislation, even in a Congress where both chambers are controlled by his own party.

The next day, Trump said the Freedom Caucus "was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

In his tweet, Trump targeted members of the Freedom Caucus, a group of about three dozen conservative House members he said could "hurt the entire Republican agenda". He said that if they "would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform". "President Trump with a tweet storm, naming names, after his failure on health care, ObamaCare still the law of the land, " hyped ABC Anchor David Muir on World News Tonight, "And President Trump is making it clear who he blames". No shame, Mr. President. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. establishment". Labrador seemed to recall the time Ryan stopped actively campaigning for the celebrity businessman in the wake of the 2005 Access Hollywood tape in which Trump boasted about groping women. But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance.

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, who is not a member of the caucus, trolled Trump on Twitter, writing, "It's a swamp not a hot tub". If you're hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

Most of the GOP no-voters represent safely Republican seats - some drawn to ensure they stay that way - and whose grip on power would be threatened only by a primary challenger. Trump won those districts by an average margin of 26 points, at least 20 of them by 20 or more points and 27 by double digits, according to an analysis by NPR.

All this talk of the House Freedom Caucus raises Good Questions about politics like, what is a congressional caucus?

When asked whether people were ignoring the Freedom Caucus because they were angry at how the group had handled the negotiation, Franks responded, "I don't know". Of course, Trump's core supporters wanted him to wage war on Republicans at least as much as, if not more than, on Democrats. "I think the president has misplace where the real issues lie in getting this bill forward".

Ryan insisted he's still trying to get the bill passed despite its collapse last week short of votes. That's after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican conservative group Thursday morning.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters: "I understand the president's frustration", adding that he shared the frustration.

"Paul Ryan needs to step down", she said in her opening remarks.

Buck's a member of the Freedom Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Joanne Flowers