Donald Trump takes aim at Freedom Caucus again with a 2018 threat

Cheryl Sanders
March 31, 2017

It has within its ranks representatives known for their pro-freedom stances, such as Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, but they are all Republican party members.

Almost 6 in 10 Americans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president, according to a new poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research over five days before and after the collapse of a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law. The proposal was pronounced dead on Friday. "We never said it was flawless, we always said we'd work with them to improve it, we just said repeal was off the table."... "No one can fix this problem better than Katie".

This is a slight departure from White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's insistence Trump had no thought as to what Jeanine Pirro would talk about when he plugged her telecast.

As Trump learned, health care is a hard one. He still supports President Donald Trump, but said his va. Top White House staff members typically attend, often as guests of media organizations. They contended it would continue to drive up costs by maintaining a penalty for not purchasing health care, a tax-credit "entitlement", regulations that dampen competition and other restrictive measures.

Instead - in this era of post-partisanship - Republicans cast their votes based on the interests of their constituents, not their party leaders. "We're going to press on until we get it done".

The White House is hinting it wants deeper consultation with moderates and Democrats.


The Freedom Caucus' opposition to the Republican plan to replace Obamacare, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), forced House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) to pull the bill before a vote could take place-an embarrassing defeat for Trump and any Republican who campaigned on the promise to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act. That bill ended up being withdrawn when it became clear that Brooks and likeminded colleagues had the votes to torpedo it.

"I guess I'm just not sure what the expectation was", said Katrina Pierson, spokeswoman for America First Policies.

The American Health Care Act, dubbed RyanCare, failed last Friday due to the inability to gain the support of the conservative Freedom Caucus. Senate Republicans, who had hoped to act next on the health legislation despite divisions of their own, voiced displeasure with the failure by their House counterparts.

The tweets represented a bold strike against the most conservative members of the House GOP coalition, who often come from safe districts and are frequently impervious to pressure from party leaders. "Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated". The Trump campaign's data and digital director Brad Parscale founded the group.

Meadows says the group will be more flexible in this debate than it was on health care.

The mistrust between the White House and hardline conservatives in Congress has cast a pall over the next big item on the Republican agenda, tax reform.


When Khizr and Ghazala Khan, the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq, slammed Trump's proposed Muslim ban during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the Republican nominee went after the couple.

Their tactics on health care prompted yet another call for party unity this week from House Speaker Paul Ryan.

"Some of those who were in the "no" camp expressed a willingness to work on getting to "yes" and to making this work", Ryan said. "But at this time, at this time today, there are other things that we have on our priority list that we're moving on to". It is funded partly by her, as well as Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus and others.

House leaders walked out of the meeting with a spring in their step. Bossie and Parscale both were spotted in the White House on Thursday as the Walsh move was being announced.

"Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" he tweeted Sunday morning.

The spot, first reported by Bloomberg News, notes job growth, the rollback of regulations, greenlighting of a pipeline and undoing of an worldwide trade deal before concluding, "And it's only just begun".


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