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Member of Freedom Caucus resigns from group after fallout: ‘Saying no is easy, leading is hard’

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Angered over the obstruction of the American Health Care Act one House Freedom Caucus member left the group.

Texas Rep. Ted Poe resigned from the caucus on Sunday after it stood in the way of the Obamacare replacement last week.

“To deliver on the conservative agenda we have promised the American people for eight years, we must come together to find solutions to move this country forward,” the Texas representative said in a statement. “Saying no is easy, leading is hard, but that is what we were elected to do. Leaving this caucus will allow me to be a more effective member of Congress and advocate for the people of Texas. It is time to lead.”

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His announcement came on the same day there was significant other fallout from the failed health care bill.

On Saturday the president urged his supporters to tune in to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro on Fox News hours before she laced into House Speaker Paul Ryan and called for him to step down.

Although White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus insisted that it was coincidental many speculated that it was a calculated move by the president.

And on Sunday, before Poe’s announcement, President Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus in a tweet that blamed them for keeping Obamacare in tact and Planned Parenthood funded.

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