White House expects a health care deal soon

Cox, who describes himself more conservative and libertarian, said his values more closely align with the Freedom Caucus on the issue.

This morning, President Trump tweeted the following, "The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast".

He said he would try to defeat them in next year's congressional elections if they continued to defy him.

A spokesman for the northern Colorado Republican said Buck hasn't been to the White House, or spoken with Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, anytime in the last week.

Trump's deteriorating relationship with Republican House conservatives could make it harder for him to pass his legislative agenda, which includes rewriting the US tax code, revisiting a healthcare overhaul and funding construction of a wall along the U.S.

There are about three dozen members of the House Freedom Caucus, comprising about 15 percent of the 237 House Republicans.

Later, Amash called the President a "childish bully", saying, "It's constructive in the 5th grade".

Get back to work on repealing - really repealing - and replacing Obamacare. I've been saying for a while that President Trump is not really a traditional Republican.

The House Freedom Caucus, the collection of libertarian-leaning conservatives who helped sink the Trump-backed American Health Care Act last week, appears to be as much of a political enemy for the president as the Democratic Party. Responding to reporters' questions about whether Trump's tweets were constructive, the representative added, "It's constructive in fifth grade".

"I understand the president's frustration", said Ryan, who has been unable to push the health care bill through his own chamber.

Across the Capitol, Ryan's argument did not impress at least one prominent fellow Republican.

"Tweets, statements and blame don't change the facts", Jordan said. "And they asked me to keep that quiet because they were still negotiating some details and they weren't sure if the bill was going to get pulled or not - there was some talk about that that morning - and I agreed to do that". No Democrats were expected to vote for the legislation and Republicans could only lose about 20 votes for the bill to still pass. Cutting those regulations will even reduce federal spending on the tax credits that are now part of the House bill.

In an interview with CBS's Norah O'Donnell, which aired earlier in the day, House Speaker Paul Ryan discussed how he didn't like the President's threats to seek aid from Democrats.

Some conservatives outside the Freedom Caucus bristled at Trump's remarks about the bloc.

But Trump's criticism of the Freedom Caucus put commentators like Hannity and Laura Ingraham at odds with the White House.

Rep. Justin Amash tweeted Thursday that "it didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realdonaldtrump". "No shame, Mr. President. Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. establishment". He acknowledged that the Republicans failed last week to move their own healthcare bill due to lack of support not only from Democrats, but also from their own rank and file.

Ingraham, a Fox News contributor who was a candidate to serve as White House press secretary under Trump, joined Hannity's program on Thursday, where she said the "White House was not as involved as it should have been" on the health care effort.

  • Leroy Wright