Trump attacks ultraconservatives of the Republican Party
In a tweet, the president declares internal war against the Freedom Caucus, whose members blocked their health reform
Donald Trump does not hide his grudge. On Thursday, the US president emphasized his opposition to the ultra-conservative members of the Freedom Caucus – also members of the Republican Party – who blocked their healthcare reform last week to replace the Barack Obama system.
“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the Republican agenda if they do not join the team quickly,” the president said in a tweet at nine in the morning. Trump added that Republicans will have to fight them and the Democrats in the 2018 legislative elections.
By grouping a section of his party with the opposition party, the president declares an internal war among the Republicans. It also hits a wedge that opened last week between moderate and ultraconservative Republicans, when the 32 members of the Freedom Caucus blocked the Republican proposal to reform Obamacare, Obama’s health care program. After days of frantic meetings, changes to the bill and pressure, ultraconservatives refused to accept Trump’s reform for not assuming a sufficiently strong change over the Democratic project.
The coup was particularly harsh because this measure is one of the central promises of Trump’s election campaign and by the majority enjoyed by Republicans both in the House of Representatives and in the Senate. After seven years awaiting the arrival of a Republican president to the White House to revoke the Democratic system, the Republicans were unable to reach an agreement.
Last Friday, the day that was expected to occur vote on the law, Trump and criticized the Congress for Freedom Caucus, claiming that its refusal to health reform was a contradiction of values. This Monday, also on Twitter, accused them of having stolen a guaranteed victory for the Republicans.
During a press conference on Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan said he “understands the president’s frustration” and urged the various factions of the party to continue to talk to each other.