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Sunday, February 17, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump had fighting words on Thursday for conservatives in his own Republican Party who helped block a healthcare bill last week, saying he would oppose House Freedom Caucus members in 2018 elections if they did not get on board.

“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!” Trump said on Twitter.

Trump, a real estate magnate who touted his skills as a dealmaker in his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal,” has accused Freedom Caucus lawmakers of snatching “defeat from the jaws of victory” with their rejection of the White House-backed healthcare bill to replace President Barack Obama’s 2010 healthcare reform bill.

Trump went farther on Thursday. He equated members of his own party with Democrats, reflecting the extent to which he may have felt betrayed by the conservative lawmakers after the collapse of his first legislative initiative.The mistrust between the White House and hardline conservatives in Congress has cast a pall over the next big item on the Republican agenda, tax reform.

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, said in an interview broadcast on Thursday he feared the Republican Party is pushing the president to the other side of the aisle so he can make good on campaign promises to redo Obamacare.

“I don’t want that to happen,” Ryan told CBS “This Morning” program, referring to Trump’s offer to work with Democrats.

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by David Alexander and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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18 responses to “Trump: ‘We Must Fight’ House Freedom Caucus And Democrats In 2018”

  1. ORAXX says:

    It’s amazing. Trump’s party controls both houses of Congress and the Presidency, and yet he’s speaking like someone fighting from deep in a corner. He probably is. The Congressional Republicans deserted him almost immediately in the healthcare debacle, and he certainly doesn’t have any support on the Democratic side of the aisle.

  2. 1standlastword says:

    This is the self-defined ‘opposition party’ that has done nothing but obstruct for 8-years: That’s all they know how to do!

    They voted over 50 times to kill a healthcare–bill without a replacement, and once they get a chance they can’t muster a single floor vote and now we’re suppose to believe they can do tax reform:

    Here’s an example of 2017 GOP Tax Reform Initiative:

    (Visualize Paul Ryan dressed like Uncle Sam, standing behind a Kiosk shouting)

    Taxes cuts…tax cuts…step right up and get your tax cut Mr. Billionaire Corporate Man!

    As for Trump, he’s worse off than Obama who had at least one party where Trump has none!!!!

    Remember Donald, you ran as a Right Wing Nationalist and your remarkable victory afforded you the inheritance of a splintered opposition republican party that can’t govern and needs ‘you’ to carryout their failed agendas.

    You are isolated and soon to be impeached! Not fast enough….

    • dpaano says:

      I agree….it appears that there are 3 separate parties in the House….the Democrats, the Republicans, and the Freedom Caucus! It’s pretty bad when your party has split into two separate entities! Trump has enough trouble dealing with ONE, but TWO is more than he can handle!

  3. dbtheonly says:

    There is another part to this.

    Did you note Ryan state that he didn’t want to see Trump work with Democrats?

    Trump certainly hasn’t accumulated enough to rate on the “worst Presidents” list; but he’s rising rapidly in the “least competent”.

    • CPANY says:

      Who do you consider the worst president?

    • terry7289 says:

      Trump can’t work with anyone.. the health care debacle showed he can’t even work with Republicans…. he’s a total crackpot who has no idea how to do his job…. he’s a hue embarrassment to America…. he’s making the country a laughing stock….. he’s a clueless clown…..

      M.A.G.A. = Morons are Governing America

  4. yabbed says:

    Trump won’t be in office in 2018.

    • dbtheonly says:

      Okay. Cover. $5 to the homeless shelter of your choice says Trump will make it as President until 1/1/18.

    • CPANY says:

      I like the sound of that, but WHY won’t he be president?

      • 1standlastword says:

        It’s really up to the republicans if Trump will be president in 2018. Democrats are too politically enfeebled.

        I predict Trump will survive for as long as republicans can uses him and tolerate his threats ( his mind operates with mob mentality and in that institution when threats fail violence ensues…Flynn might accidentally fall out of a 12 -story window LOL!!).

        Trump has been getting passes all his life and as we can see he is getting passes on protocol everyday while the republicans turn a blind eye to his copious breeches. Take for example his weekend trips to Mar-A-Lago and his secrecy around visitor logs: I suspect impropriety! Republicans could make demands.

        When Trump’s character and lifestyle are taken into account it’s not a strech of the imagination that he’s doing Trump enterprise business and hitting balls around with any one of numerous mafia connections (imagine being in a WH meeting with Trump and him standing up dictating; it wouldn’t be hard to imagine this same kind of situation with him swindling investors or making deals with the Gambinos or Genoveses …feel like you need a shower after)

        Trump will be president as long as the republican establishment can tolerate him and I agree with Yabbed as I’m convinced Trump’s radioactivity will require the GOP to let him hang around midterms

      • dbtheonly says:

        I gave my opinion to dpanno last week. Pence and the Cabinet will invoke the 25th Amendment, citing Trump’s (dementia?) if:

        1. He heads too far off the reservation. or
        2. Evidence of a major scandal can’t be hidden. or
        3. He alienates his supporters such that Pence et. al. don’t fear a backlash for removing him.

  5. bobnstuff says:

    Trump is Trump, he can’t help who he is and now he has decided to attack the people that elected him. If this comes as a surprise to anyone then they weren’t paying attention. The truly interesting thing is Ryan not wanting the President to work with the Democrats when without some Democrats voting with them nothing will pass the senate. As much as Ryan thinks he knows whats right for the country he has proved just how stupid he really is. Until the Republican figure out that the Democrats are also citizens of this country and politics isn’t a winner take all sport nothing will get done.

  6. dpaano says:

    I sincerely doubt that he would get many of the Democrats to work with him, especially if they come up with the same BS as the healthcare plan recently put forth! And, if he works against the Freedom Caucus, we might be able to get a few democrats elected to the house instead of dumb Republicans!

  7. Thumbkinetic says:

    Let’s hope that by 2018, the only thing that delusional asshat is “fighting” is extradition.

  8. PrecipitousDrop says:

    Is it just me, or does Trump’s pointless defiance of the Freedom Caucus reek of impotence — and fear?

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