President Donald Trump has gone public with his war against the House Freedom Caucus, pushing into full view growing frustration shared by House Speaker Paul Ryan less than a week after the GOP health care bill crashed amid feuding between rival Republican factions.
"While we have a responsibility to reduce our federal deficit, I am disappointed that numerous reductions and eliminations proposed in the president's skinny budget are draconian, careless and counterproductive", said former House Appropriations Committee chairman Hal Rogers of Kentucky. Here's the tweet, which targeted the Democrats, too.
An impasse between House moderates and Freedom Caucus members prompted the withdrawal last week of a bill to replace Obamacare that was supported by GOP leaders and the President.
In the districts of the bill's foes, Republican voters and activists faulted Ryan, who on Thursday said it's understandable that the president was venting frustration with the tweet.
On Thursday, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., said it was incumbent on everyone in the party to go back to the drawing board.
It was the biggest test of Mr. Trump's promise to "repeal and replace" Mr. Obama's signature accomplishment, one that he said would be done relatively "quickly". "The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington". Shouldn't we be celebrating the advancement of these three provisions and the implied agreement they represent? Here are a few things to consider. That's after President Donald Trump lashed out at the Republican conservative group Thursday morning. Even most Democrats who have supported the plan since its adoption acknowledge that changes need to be made and appear to be willing to work to fix the ACA in a good faith, bipartisan effort.More news: Ivanka Trump to become official White House employee
Yet the Affordable Care Act still covers tens of millions of people who lacked coverage before it passed, mostly due to Medicaid expansion, and health-care inflation has been lower than before its passage.
The key complications are Trump's requests for $30 billion for an immediate infusion of cash for the Pentagon and $3 billion for additional security measures on the U.S. -Mexico border, including $1 billion to build fencing and a levee wall along 60 miles or so (about 100 kilometers) in Texas and near San Diego.
The president vowed to "fight them" in 2018 if they do not get behind him. But he's since criticized the Freedom Caucus for its resistance. After at least 50 votes over seven years to repeal Obamacare, that's the best they could do? "Our job is to do something but we have to have another side that wants to negotiate with us", he added. "#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary", he tweeted. But this week, leadership and the Freedom Caucus have exhibited a new willingness to reopen negotiations. Justin AmashJustin AmashTop Trump aide calls for primary challenge to Freedom Caucus member Amash Trump takes risk with Freedom Caucus attack Freedom Caucus fires back at Trump: We're "keeping our promise" on healthcare MORE (R-Mich.). Even his strongest supporters worry that criticizing the limited-government, anti-establishment wing of the Republican Party could backfire.
The Trump administration will face an early test in how it handles a lawsuit the House filed against the Obama administration, which the new president's team inherited.
"We had no votes from the Democrats", the president lamented.
The Freedom Caucus has also lost the support of another key ally this week: the president. Will it get in the way of his governing and affect his agenda to "Make America Great Again"?