Trump Latest Approval Rating: Most Americans Disapprove, Except For Economy

Cheryl Sanders
April 1, 2017

US President Donald Trump has fighting words for conservatives in his own Republican Party who helped to block a healthcare Bill last week, saying he would oppose House Freedom Caucus members in 2018 elections if they did not get on board.

Ryan and the Trump administration suffered a humiliating setback in the House last week when they canceled, at the last minute, a vote on their replacement plan, the American Health Care Act.

Trump said after the failure of the Republican plan last week that Democrats, none of whom supported the bill, would be willing to negotiate new health care legislation because Obamacare is destined to "explode".

Even the president, who called the Freedom Caucus members his "friends" Friday, seems to have decided they're to blame for the collapse of the bill.

Sanford, a member of the Freedom Caucus, has referred to the Republicans' health care bill as a "watered-down" repeal of Obamacare, and he voted against it in the House Budget Committee.

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID), a Freedom Caucus member, told CNN on Tuesday, "I think we have plenty of time".

Most of the initial 20 interviews the committee will conduct are with "the people who helped put together the January report", vice-chairman Mark Warner said, referring to a report the intelligence community put out stating that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election with the goal of trying to improve Mr Trump's chances of winning.

Ryan tells "CBS This Morning" that if Trump works with Democrats, they will "try and change Obamacare and that's not, that's hardly a conservative thing".

Ryan's move was a jolting setback for himself and President Donald Trump. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment", the Michigan Republican, tweeted.

Ryan also said that he anxious that the defiant Republicans would push Trump "into working with Democrats" on health care, a result that he believed would not lead to a bill adherent to conservative principles. So hard the legislation to replace "Obamacare" failed in the Republican-controlled House, without ever going to the Republican-controlled Senate. "But it's very understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't gotten to where we need to go, because this is something that we all said we would do".

In the aftermath of the GOP health-care debacle came a revealing act of candor.

Freedom Caucus members hit back at the president.

"I think if we are going to get this done, we have to get this done now", Meadows said of the reconciliation bill".

A looming push to overhaul the US tax code could include the repeal of Obamacare taxes left intact by last week's collapse of the Republican healthcare bill, the Senate's top Republican on tax policy said on Wednesday.

The White House has provoked congressional Republicans further in recent days by suggesting he'll just go around them and cut deals with Democrats instead.

I understand President Trump is used to winning. "There just was not as much clarity for us on which House members were supportive of the health care bill and which were not".

"The House Freedom Caucus, for the past several weeks, have been the grown-ups in the room", said Michael Needham, chief executive of Heritage Action.

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