White House aide calls for primary challenge against Rep. Amash

Still, the president remains popular among Republican voters, and in particular among the most conservative contingent - suggesting he could weaponize his influence in the districts of Freedom Caucus members, with the sheer weight of the presidency also working to his advantage.

"Amash, known for his stubborn independence from party leadership, was defiant as ever, defending opposition to the bill he called "#Swampcare because it's just another version of #Obamacare".

Some read the tweet as a threat to support candidates against Freedom Caucus members in next year's Republican Party primaries.

President Donald Trump is tweeting mad.

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

The repeal of Obamacare has been the GOP's priority for the past six years: it's the reason Republicans have gained seats in Congress and it's the primary reason that Donald Trump is president today, Bozell said.

The list of House Freedom Caucus members being targeted by President Trump for sinking Republicans' ObamaCare overhaul plan grew Saturday when the White House singled out Michigan Rep. Justin Amash for a primary defeat.

Trump's broadside of the group on Twitter, in which he told supporters "we must fight" the conservative lawmakers, underscored the growing tensions between the White House and its supporters among moderate House Republicans and the conservative GOP faction over the now-defunct health care bill. Rather than repeating Trump's attack on Democrats and Freedom Caucus members, who together make up a majority of the House, Ryan took a different tack in an interview with CBS News.

Government ethics lawyers say Scavino's tweet violates federal law that limits political activity by government employees.

The fact that conservatives who wanted less government and more free market in health care are taking all the blame - while liberal Republicans get a free pass - says just about everything you need to know about why it's so hard to drain the Washington swamp. We won't be able to pass a true healthcare bill that will actually bring down premiums and deductibles because there aren't enough votes in the U.S. Senate; the Republican majority is not almost close enough to get 60 votes.

Scavino's criticisms of Amash come from his personal Twitter account, rather than his official White House account. The bill was a key achievement of former President Barack Obama.

Richard Painter, who at one time was the chief White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush, called attention to the description beneath the photo on the account Scavino has designated as personal.

"Look at the official photo on this page".

House Speaker Paul Ryan unveiled the bill in February to repeal and replace the Obama-era health care law, and although Trump said he supported it, he did not aggressively sell it until the final few days before the vote was scheduled.

Aside from defending House conservatives, the conservative speakers mentioned their disdain for the failure of Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act and criticized GOP centrists who pushed what one speaker referred to as "Obamacare 2.0".

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!". "In briefly speaking to Jim Jordan or Mark Meadows, they've expressed a real interest in terms of trying to get to yes". He said if they "would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform".

  • Arturo Norris