Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans


It wasn't clear how relevant the caucus would be with a Republican in the White House.

Moderates seem increasingly anxious that conservatives may try to shift the blame of the health care bill's failure on them, as President Donald Trump continues to lay into the Freedom Caucus on Twitter.

How long will it be before the Freedom Caucus suffers the same fate and is described by the president as a bunch of Fake Republicans?

"We are not an independent group". We are part of the Republican conference.

Trump said the caucus would "hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team" and said, "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!" When it came time to negotiate on the health care bill, the Freedom Caucus made a decision to go around House leadership and work directly with the White House. "I didn't know anything about that until you told me so I'm not going to comment", he said.

President Trump's decision to take to Twitter and digitally bludgeon the House Freedom Caucus earlier today was a mistake on numerous levels - but also a clever move in one lone respect. "We have to lead whether people want to or not".

In his opening bid to restart talks on healthcare reform, President Trump went for the tongue-in-cheek approach with a bipartisan group of senators.

But as the White House considered flexing its muscle against the Freedom Caucus, the group remained unbowed, with several members immediately hitting back against a president whose agenda has stalled, whose approval ratings are hovering below 40 percent and who has been dogged by the ongoing probe into contacts between his associates and Russian officials. "I feel compelled to represent my constituents".

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That leaves just two viable centers of power - Senate Republicans under Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is nothing if not wily; and House Democrats under Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "And sometimes, you're going to have to say yes".

"We've been hearing repeal-and-replace for seven years and finally we get control, and they say, 'Let's just kind of fix it, '" said 31-year-old Justin Wasson of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, who runs a small business.

USA president Donald Trump warned conservative Republicans that he may not support them in next year's mid-term elections as tensions continued within the Republican party over last week's failed attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. That's one reason why it has the support of deep-pocketed, like-minded outside political groups. Trump's only path forward on health care, a problem he now owns, may indeed be working with the Democrats. It's a heavy lift that could take months to accomplish. The House Freedom Caucus, Republican Study Group and more moderate Tuesday Group have been meeting to see if they can work something out.

Meadows said that all Freedom Caucus members want to be a "yes" on the health care bill, "but just to change positions and be a "yes" without any real changes is not something that's defensible back home".

But some Republicans seemed emboldened by the White House's prodding: Grand Rapids businessman Brian Ellis challenged Amash to a primary in 2014 and said Thursday he may do so him again. "I don't think there's a more critical vote for the Freedom Caucus than this".

Congress is facing a more immediate and much more basic test of governance.

He maintains members had and "artificial time line" of three weeks to digest a major part of the economy, and he's still committed to repealing more regulations than the House bill did.

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