President Donald Trump targeted the House Freedom Caucus Thursday on Twitter for blocking House approval of his American Health Care Act last week.
Clip via Fox News Channel
He said that he may very well have to battle both the Democratic Party as well as members of the conservative group during the midterm elections in order to assure his administration’s agenda wins approved.
The president tweeted:
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Rep. Jim Jordan, a Freedom Caucus co-founder, declined to rise to the bait during his “America’s Newsroom” appearance.
“We appreciate the president,” the Ohio Republican said. “We’re trying to help the president, but the fact is you have to look at the legislation.”
He said that his primary goal is to do what he feels is best for his constituents.
“I’m not here to assign blame to anyone…what I focus on doing is doing what I told the voters we’re going to do.”
But last week’s dust-up also resulted in friction within the caucus itself, particularly with two Texas delegation members — Rep. Ted Poe, who resigned from the group because of the healthcare fracas, and Brian Babin, who’s considering doing the same, according to The Hill.
“It’s something that will be a decision in the future, OK?” Babin told The Hill.
Speaker Ryan also chimed in, saying he “understands the President’s frustration.”
Speaker Ryan responds to Pres. Trump's Freedom Caucus tweet: "I understand the president's frustration. I share frustration." pic.twitter.com/tjq1hsxIkq
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 30, 2017
The response was mixed, but mostly critical of President Trump’s stance:
I know attention spans are short these days, but tea party conservatives (aka today's Freedom Caucus) brought GOP majorities, not Trump
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) March 30, 2017
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 30, 2017
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