Trump threatens Republicans over Twitter

Trump calls out Freedom Caucus members in tweetstorm

Trump's broadsides come at a fragile time for Republicans, who failed to follow through on a key campaign promise last week despite holding both chambers of Congress and the White House.

Last Friday, when an Obamacare repeal bill collapsed, Trump blamed Democrats for the failure, although his negotiating energies had been nearly entirely focused on assembling a Republican coalition to repeal President Obama's signature domestic achievement.

"It is very understandable that the president is frustrated that we haven't gotten to where we need to go because this is something we all said we would do", Ryan said when asked about Trump's tweet.

The head of another pro-Trump group, Great America Alliance, said lawmakers' views on the health care were shifting too quickly to put together a successful pressure campaign.

President Donald Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus Thursday morning in a tweet, saying that it will do damage to the Republican Party. He also suggested he'd fight them, and Democrats, in the 2018 midterm elections if necessary.

"We have an obligation to govern", said Rep. Joe Barton, a Freedom Caucus member and the senior member of the Texas Republican congressional delegation.

Rep. Justin Amash of MI was more biting: "It didn't take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump". "No shame", he wrote in a rebuttal. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment", the Michigan Republican, tweeted.

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. In the end, about a dozen mainstream Republicans and the majority of the Freedom Caucus said they wouldn't back the bill. "Our concern is it's not healthy for small groups of people outside the real process to be cutting side deals so we wanna work with all of our members".

"W$3 e appreciate the president, we're trying to help the president, but the fact is you've got to look at the legislation", Jordan continued. She's a longtime political operative and was among many in the Trump administration who noticed with irritation that pro-Trump groups weren't engaged in the fight over health care.

DesJarlais said he's not anxious about Trump's Twitter account.

Still, he said, it's going to take some time to unravel the current health law.

The next day, Trump said the Freedom Caucus "was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory".

And even some people on Twitter were doing the math to figure out how Trump could succeed in the House of Representatives without the Freedom Caucus.

Another focus Thursday will be on the Senate Intelligence Committee and its first public hearings on alleged Russian interference in the election to hurt Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and help Trump.

Michael Flynn Jr., one of Trump's strongest supporters and the son of Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, blasted the president for siding with establishment Republicans IN ALL CAPS.

"We all ran with the president", he said, according to NBC.

Yet in Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Iowa in the bitter aftermath of the GOP's epic failure, Republicans who blocked the legislation have won praise from constituents for stopping what many saw as a flawed plan, either in the legislation's substance or strategy.

The House Freedom Caucus' Twitter account responded Thursday afternoon by retweeting caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan's, R-Ohio, quote during an interview on the changing conventional Washington politics.

On Thursday morning, President Trump sent a stern warning to Democrats and conservative Republicans who opposed his health care bill. "I share (the) frustration". Mulvaney had allegedly not wanted to deliver the message but Trump insisted. Ryan's comment drew sharp criticism Republican Sen. "And I understand his frustration". Speaker of the House John Boehner, who was the top Republican officeholder during much of Barack Obama's presidency, constantly grappled with rebellious House members right up until he was forced from the speakership in September 2015.