Mark Sanford: Trump Threatened Primary Challenge For Vote Against Trumpcare

"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast". They weren't going to give us a single vote, so it's a very hard thing to do.

"I'm going to let the tweet speak for itself". White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer later said the president was joking.

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.

Mr Labrador wrote: "Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran". He didn't promise the American people "I'll piecemeal it away in phases". But they've never taken a shot so public, vocal, and direct as what Donald Trump tweeted today - basically calling Freedom Caucus members electoral enemies on a par with the Democratic Party. Pascrell argues that Trump is the president and not a private individual. There's other pieces of legislation they've introduced recently to kind of further this a little bit, but for the most part this hangs on the heads of Republicans. In Meadows' North Carolina district, 77-year-old Hendersonville retiree Don Lee said he voted for Trump to "bring Republicans together", but added that the president "needed to take some more time with this bill and try to find some unity".

Republican Representative Ken Buck of Colorado, a member of the Freedom Caucus, said he thinks lawmakers learned lessons from the healthcare defeat that could apply to tax reform.

That leaves just two viable centers of power - Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is nothing if not wily; and House Democrats under Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.

The idea that Trump could turn away from his own party at this stage is, to a degree, theater created to spook the far-right of the party into line. 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.

You can either twist yourselves into pretzels, making excuses for his actions and words in order to justify your vote for him, or you can continue to claim to be conservatives.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Tuesday against a resolution led by Rep. Bill Pascrell, D-N.J., to access ten years of Trump's tax returns.

Ryan enforced that message in the CBS interview, suggesting that Trump's patience was not infinite and he could be tempted to work with the other side if Republicans refuse to implement his agenda.

House Republicans tried to avoid discussing the botched meeting on Thursday, with Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) staying mum about the situation and Tuesday Group Co-chairman Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) also declining to discuss the breakdown.

Trump owns various properties in the US and overseas and Democrats argue that the tax documents could show whether Mr. Trump could be benefiting financially from being president and also show if the president has any business connections to Russian interests, though such ties wouldn't necessarily appear on a return.

SHAPIRO: Is the Freedom Caucus feeling much pressure?

Speaking to a group of reporters just off the House floor this week, Brat said, "Up here in the bubble, you're all like, 'Uhhh, there's a deal, there's tremendous pressure on you".

Ryan himself came under criticism from a fellow Republican, Senator Bob Corker, who chided the speaker for his views about courting Democrats on healthcare reform. I talk to you guys when I have something to say. Trump said. "I see Chuck".

Some Republicans seemed emboldened by the White House's prodding.

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