Trump takes aim at Republican conservatives: 'We must fight them'
- Author: Zachary Reyes Apr 01, 2017,
Apr 01, 2017, 9:33
Tensions within the Republican Party escalated on Thursday when President Donald Trump started calling out individual Republican congressmen by name for standing in the way of his legislative agenda.
"It's like a 21-year-old driving the sports auto that has five tickets who has to pay more for coverage versus the 60-year-old who's never even had a parking ticket", Jordan said.
On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump drew a line and put himself and the Establishment on one side, and the fiscal conservatives and libertarians of the Freedom Caucus on the other. They could make it better, and they're trying to.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, Trump said the caucus "will hurt the entire Republican agenda", and suggested that members should face primary challenges next year. "We must fight them, and Dems, in 2018!"
Trump voter Joshlyn Smith, a Riverside County, California, law enforcement officer, said the president needs to move past "the Twitter stuff" that often mires him in social media spats and focus instead on the nation's policy.
But the real culprits here are the hotly partisan Democrats in Congress who jammed through Obamacare in the first place and then sit around on their hands now as Trump and Republicans try to fix it.
"It's the same old thing with the Freedom Caucus: Don't let the ideal be the enemy of the good", Mr Ellis said.
Watch more from the "Special Report" panel above. Asked if Trump's comments were constructive, Amash added: "It's constructive in fifth grade".
Get back to work on repealing - really repealing - and replacing Obamacare. Some conservative Republicans who did not vote for the president's plan.
"This is too big of an issue to not get right", Ryan said, explaining that he would not impose an artificial deadline to "save" the healthcare system.
Blocking the bill sent a ripple throughout the nation's capital, even leading Trump to call out conservatives like Jordan in a public Tweet for not supporting the administration's plan.
Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio's Fourth Congressional District said he wants to pass legislation Republicans promised the American people last November. "I look forward to working with my Republican colleagues to accomplish this goal". No Democrats were expected to vote for the legislation and Republicans could only lose about 20 votes for the bill to still pass.
The ACA is the much-debated signature health care bill of Trump's predecessor, former President Barack Obama. There would be no health insurance program for you with federal support.
Ryan had said earlier on Thursday in an interview with CBS "This Morning" that he anxious Trump would "just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare, and that's hardly a conservative thing".