Republicans 'Turn The Cannons On Each Other' In Week Of Public Feuding

With all these divisions in the party and the success of his agenda at stake, you would think that President Trump might look to try and build bridges between factions in the House and Senate. But keeping Freedom Caucus members happy without losing the votes of Republican moderates has proven tough. "No shame, Mr. President".

That's why the American people overwhelmingly rejected last week's House bill.

"You know, the carrots work a lot better than sticks in the world of politics, and the idea of threatening your way to legislative success may not over the long run prove to be the wisest of strategies", Sanford said.

Zawistowski says caucus members were close to getting what he calls a true free-market alternative to the Affordable Care Act, and he believes a compromise on a new bill is imminent.

Hannity's commentary came hours after Trump lashed out at the Freedom Caucus, a group of hardline conservatives and libertarians in the House of Representatives, for the demise of the American Health Care Act.

Last week, he filed his own bill that focused exclusively on complete repeal.

"I just really thought that he was going to make changes for the positive, and I was surprised to see him wanting to cut funds for that", said Collins, who lives in Shelbyville, a rural city about 60 miles southeast of Nashville that is known for its Tennessee walking horse industry. Either way, that means the other 26 likely "no" votes at least haven't publicly identified as members - more than enough to have killed the bill, even if every Freedom Caucus member supported it. No Democrats were expected to vote for the legislation and Republicans could only lose about 20 votes for the bill to still pass.

Trump went farther on Thursday.

Trump told reporters Friday after the defeat of the AHCA that the bill did not have any Democratic support.

Trump wrote in a Tweet on Thursday that Republicans "must fight" Democrats and the Freedom Caucus in 2018 even as one Freedom Caucus member accused Trump of succumbing "to the D.C. Establishment".

Fortunately, House Speaker Paul Ryan is now listening and is ready to work with conservatives, who have been fighting for the priorities of the American people from the start.

Publicly, Ryan said he understood Trump's frustration. But any attempt to unify the party won't be coming from the White House.

In an interview Thursday with CBS program "This Morning", Ryan expressed his fear that Republicans may be pushing the president toward working with Democrats - a prospect Trump has threatened.

Ryan's apparent opposition to bipartisan cooperation drew a sharp rebuke from Tennessee Sen. We held hearings, but they were not recent and failed to create a consensus in this country.

  • Larry Hoffman