Trump legislative agenda not exactly speeding through Congress

Trump on Thursday tweeted attacks on Meadows and other members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of the House's most conservative members who played a major role in torpedoing legislation backed by Trump and House leadership to replace the ACA. Or is picking Twitter fights just his sneaky way to avoid having to actually read the legislation he wants them to vote for?

As NPR's Carrie Johnson has reported, Trump continues to violate lawyers' first rule for clients: keep your mouth shut.

Fox News host Sean Hannity, a huge supporter of President Donald Trump, strongly challenged the president's assessment that Freedom Caucus members were the reason the House failed to approval the American Health Care Act last week. He has even tried to justify Trump's groundless claim that President Barack Obama put a wiretap on Trump Tower.

Doug Sachtleben, a spokesman for The Club for Growth, spoke with OneNewsNow about the prospects of getting rid of ObamaCare under a Republican-led Congress. The Democrats are the enemy.

It did not change hearts or minds.

Capping what was widely seen as yet another bruising week for the Trump White House, Mike Flynn, one of the president's top advisors during the campaign and later, until his ouster, his National Security Advisor, according to his attorney stated that he was prepared to talk to investigators in exchange for immunity from prosecution.

But a Twitter storm the next day signaled the return of Trump the grump.

In follow-up tweets, the president singled out three Freedom Caucus members - Reps.

Turns out when Trump tweeted early Thursday morning that we "must fight" the Freedom Caucus in 2018, that wasn't just idle time-wasting while he was sitting on the can. "We're trying to help u succeed", replied Rep. Raúl Labrador, R-Idaho, a member of the group of conservatives who helped take down the GOP health care bill. History shows that tactic to be a loser, even for people with considerably more political experience than Trump and his strategist, Steve Bannon. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., who heads House Democrats' campaign organization. The effort backfired. nearly all of those whom FDR targeted handily won in a humiliating repudiation by state parties of this intrusion into their affairs by the national party. Until recently, stopping Trump's healthcare proposal, which would have stripped insurance coverage from an estimated 24mn Americans over the next decade, looked tough. Yes, there was a lot of noise in the halls of the Capitol this week about Republicans making another big try at finding agreement on health care, but there was no real evidence that an agreement was near, as the GOP remains short on votes, but filled with internal finger pointing over who is blame for the failure.

"Folks", she continued, "I want to be clear: This is not on President Trump". But a number of House Republicans considering 2018 Senate bids, from Missouri Rep. Ann Wagner to Ohio Rep.

Amash, a West Michigan Republican, responded to Trump on social media, saying it didn't take long for the president to join the establishment he'd vowed to drain when he was on the campaign trail. President Trump should walk across a Havana ballroom like Michael Corleone in "The Godfather Part II", kiss Mr. Ryan on the mouth and say, "I know it was you, Paul. Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment".

Trump has yet to criticize Amash by name.

"It may allow a child to get his way, but that's not how our government works", Amash told reporters.

Organizing and funding were two of Trump's weaknesses during his White House run.

First, activism matters. Since November, many people have rediscovered that grass-roots political action in the United States - such as well-organised marches, visits to congressional offices, speaking out at town halls, and calling members of Congress - really does makes a difference. But he needs to stop digging.

  • Arturo Norris