In 2016 every major Republican presidential candidate, including Donald Trump, campaigned on a pledge to quickly get rid of it. Lumping them in with Democrats, Trump said in 2018, when the midterm election will be held, “we must fight them”.
Mr Trump went further on Thursday.
And just today, Justin Amash of the Freedom Caucus from MI – congressman – he came out and tweeted that it didn’t take long for the swamp to drain Trump. “Please work with members of the Freedom Caucus, not against them, to ensure you are all successful in keeping your campaign promises and ‘draining the swamp’”. “We’re trying to help you succeed”.
President Trump, a NY businessman who touted his skills as a dealmaker in his bid for the White House, has repeatedly criticized Freedom Caucus members, blaming them for the defeat of legislation to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law. Trump pointedly blamed the trio for blocking a Republican-crafted health care bill that was pulled last Friday.
There are many fine people in the Freedom Caucus.
What is clear right now is that Mr. Trump wants Congress to pony up the money which of course comes from American taxpayers.
“I don’t want that to happen”, he said.
One potential scenario is for some measures to be drafted as detailed, account-by-account legislation, but with more controversial agencies, such as the IRS and Health and Human Services, being financed at current levels.
Behind the scenes, lawmakers are working on the $1 trillion-plus legislation to keep the government running through September 30, the end of the budget year.
Some have suggested Trump might turn to Democrats for help if he can’t win over House conservatives. Trump did not offer specifics, and White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday said Trump’s comments came during a “light-hearted” moment.
It raises an interesting question: Will the pro-Trump faction of conservative media side with the HFC and continue to praise the group for refusing to compromise their principles?
“Add all this up”.
Republicans presented a unified front against Obama but have struggled to come together and support specific legislative proposals since Trump took office in January. He’s said he wants to work with Democrats; time to show it.
Some Republicans were so furious they were publicly saying things usually reserved for closed-door meetings.
“I know what my relationship with the White House is with Tom Price is, Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pence and Donald Trump so I am not gonna get all hung up about a tweet”, he said.
Most of the initial 20 interviews the committee will conduct are with “the people who helped put together the January report”, vice-chairman Mark Warner said, referring to a report the intelligence community put out stating that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential election with the goal of trying to improve Mr Trump’s chances of winning.
Understandably, this was unacceptable to moderate Republicans from swing districts, who knew that their constituents would care more about actually having health care than achieving the abstract of repealing Obamacare.
“For the foreseeable future, Trump’s agenda will now focus on the goals of tax reform and infrastructure investments as well as avoiding the remote risk of a government shutdown in April”, Dan Mahaffee, senior vice president and director of policy at the Center for the Study of Congress and the Presidency, told Xinhua.
Mr Ryan said he was encouraging Republican politicians “to keep talking to one another”.
The tepid disagreement was nevertheless significant coming from Hannity, who has been loathe to criticize Trump for anything.