Speaker Shares Trump Criticism Of Freedom Caucus


4th District Congressman Jim Jordan was on Fox News Thursday morning and was asked about the President’s Tweet and the Republican Health Care Bill.

No one is laughing now. And we learned that Americans actually want health insurance; they now expect that it can’t be taken away by pre-existing conditions, a loss of a job, or other unforeseen developments.

“We had no votes from the Democrats”, Trump said on Friday shortly after the bill was pulled.

At a recent town hall meeting, he told constituents he would vote against Ryan’s bill, though his office stated prior to the scheduled vote last Friday that he wasn’t a definite “no”.

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

Over the past week, however, his attitude has shifted.

President Donald Trump isn’t hiding his displeasure with the House Freedom Caucus almost a week after it helped to defeat his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, but it remains to be seen whether his anger will be felt beyond Twitter.

“Freedom Caucus stood with u when others ran”.

Their assessment appeared to align with Trump’s criticism of Democratic leaders and the conservative Freedom Caucus, whom he blamed for the bill’s failure.

A White House official who was not in the room disputed that characterization of the conversation in a telephone interview on Thursday, claiming Trump hasn’t spoken about a possible shutdown “with anyone”. “Nearly everyone succumbs to the DC Establishment”.

Amash quickly fired back, tweeting that the Trump administration had merged with establishment Republicans and are following the “same old agenda”: Attack anyone who disagrees with you. He said if they “would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts reform”.

All of those concessions are meant to bring Democrats on board to make sure Congress can pass the legislation.

A conservative organization that pushes pro-growth economic policies contends Democrats aren’t going to repeal ObamaCare, no matter how much people may talk about them wanting to try to make fixes. He could, for once, put his bully pulpit and professed deal-making skills to good use by negotiating directly on behalf of the American people. Also, Speaker Paul D. Ryan was pushing an aggressive timeline to get the health bill done.

This set off its own series of tremors in Washington politics. It’s a curious tactic, given that Trump’s only two options to pass his agenda through Congress are to either unite the fractured GOP or to form new alliances across the aisle. I think it’s going to happen.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters, “I understand the president’s frustration”, adding that he shared the frustration.

Businesses, health insurers and health care providers haven’t always liked the ACA – nor have we. “We need to stick at this and come up with a solution”.

Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho), one of the Freedom Caucus lawmakers Trump mentioned, answered the president’s tweet as well.

President Trump officially declared war on conservatives yesterday.

But the fractures in the Republican party will probably once again become apparent with upcoming political fights over the budget, taxes and – perhaps – healthcare once again.


MONTANARO: Yeah, a reference to Trump saying that he’d go to Washington and drain the swamp.

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