Trump says 'we must fight' Freedom Caucus Republicans and Democrats


President Donald Trump targeted the House Freedom Caucus Thursday on Twitter for blocking House approval of his American Health Care Act last week.

HFC Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) did not speak with reporters gathered outside the House chamber Thursday, but a number of the group's members shrugged off the president's threats.

No one is laughing now. "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" the president tweeted.

The tweet was the latest, most pointed, shot at the Freedom Caucus since the healthcare bill collapsed last Friday.

"I know what my relationship with the White House is with Tom Price is, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pence and Donald Trump so I am not gonna get all hung up about a tweet", he said. "I$3 f this Republican Congress allows the flawless to be the enemy of the good, I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats, he's been suggesting that as much".

Ryan talked them out of demanding the vote, saying it would endanger members of their own party.

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Ryan expressed solidarity with influential groups that had stood with the Freedom Caucus during a roundtable discussion that included the Americans for Tax Reform.

Over the past week, however, his attitude has shifted. But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance.

Ryan said during a Thursday news conference that he understood "the president's frustration", regarding Trump's tweet.

"It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump", Amash wrote on Twitter. No shame, Mr. President. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the DC Establishment".

The President and others in the nation seem to be slightly confused on the separation of powers on which the United States government it built, as well as the principles by which the Republican Party used to be bound.

Over the past few days, Trump has lurched between battering and buttering up conservatives who killed his health care overhaul in an agenda-scuttling insurrection that imperils his plans for tax reform and a trillion-dollar infrastructure package.

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Trump aides reportedly huddled Wednesday with conservative lawmakers. On Monday he tweeted the Democrats will be ready to deal once "Obamacare folds". "Absolutely. I think they're going to have to do what the constituents want", he said. That is such an easy one.

This set off its own series of tremors in Washington politics. This is part of the reason many in the group were big Trump backers - they felt like he shared their "outsider" roots. They want to eliminate the essential health benefits ― a list of 10 items that insurers must cover, like maternity care and lab services ― and strike certain provisions in Title I of the Affordable Care Act, like coverage guarantees and community rating, which prevents health insurers from varying premiums based on certain factors.

"The fundamental problem with the ACA was the government takeover of personal health care decisions", he said. Bob Corker of Tennessee, further showcasing the GOP's intraparty divisions.

"What I am anxious about is. that if we don't do this then he will just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare - that's hardly a conservative thing", Ryan said.

Traditional partisan battle lines may at least temporarily re-emerge next week, when the Senate votes on seating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

"The GOP (Republican) House is riven by factions that are quite ideological".

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