Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Technology | By Kate Woods

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

As GOP schism grows, Trump attacks fellow Republicans

Rep. Justin Amash of MI, a Freedom Caucus member and frequent Trump critic, tweeted that Trump's statement showed it "didn't take long for the swamp to drain" the president, referencing Trump's campaign pledge to "drain" Washington of corruption and petty political battles.

In the House, the Republicans' failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act has reopened some old divisions in the party.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he has no interest in working with Democrats on getting health care legislation passed, disputing a suggestion by the White House to reach across the aisle and bypass conservative House Republicans.

"I know that we're all going to make a deal on health care, that's such an easy one", Trump told a bipartisan group of senators gathered at the White House.

"I think it's going to happen because we've all been promising - Democrat, Republican - we've all been promising that to the American people", he said. "They weren't going to give us a single vote, so it's a very hard thing to do". "And so, we're going to get this right".

Last week, press secretary Sean Spicer would not explicitly state whether the president would campaign against those who didn't support the health care bill.

Trump's anger at the Freedom Caucus for posing as a stubborn impediment to his governing runs the risk of alienating the conservative base that fueled his rise during last year's Republican primaries and has to this point remained loyal to the president. He said the ultra-conservative voting bloc "will hurt the entire Republican agenda".

In doing what they did last week, the conservatives sent a message to the Establishment that principles do actually mean something; and that at least a significant number of Republican members will stand firm in that regard.

Freedom Caucus members said the bill did not go far enough to dismantle Obamacare.

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In this March 24, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., announces that he is pulling the troubled Republican health care overhaul bill off the House floor at the Capitol in Washington.

Following their meeting, some Republicans were still resentful of factions in their party that prevented approval of the GOP health care plan. So now health care is finally off the table and Trump can move forward to slashing taxes for the wealthy and "fixing our broken tax system", will he finally get that famous W that has eluded him these past couple months?

"ObamaCare will explode and we will all get together and piece together a great healthcare plan for THE PEOPLE".

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. Virginia Congressman Dave Brat said he would insist that the tax bill not add to the deficit, while Meadows said he would not necessarily insist on that.

The idea that Trump could turn away from his own party at this stage is, to a degree, theater created to spook the far-right of the party into line.

The Times report appeared to contradict repeated assertions from Nunes that the White House was not the source of his information, giving Democrats new leverage to argue that the House investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election has been compromised.

The reason that the health care bill failed is because it was barely a health care bill at all. The only way theyre going to make good now on their seven-year crusade to repeal and replace Obamacare is if Democrats help them. They also were concerned about rolling back Medicaid, which expanded under Obamacare and provided insurance to millions of low-income constituents. Meanwhile, moderates like Republican Senator Susan Collins of ME are pushing other options for the individual market that they hope could win bipartisan support.

Moderate Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of IL said Monday on CNN that Freedom Caucus members needed to learn that "governing is far different than being in opposition" and said he'd "gladly work across the aisle".

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