President Trump on Thursday struck back at the House caucus that sunk his ObamaCare replacement bill, threatening their legislative careers if the staunchly conservative members refuse to get on board with the new president’s agenda.
“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 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
Later Thursday, Freedom Caucus member Rep. Justin Amash returned fire in the Republican civil war:
“It didn’t take long for the swamp to drain @realDonaldTrump. No shame, Mr. President. Almost everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment,” Amash wrote.
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
Later, Amash told Fox News that “most people don’t take well to being bullied” and compared Trump’s tactics to those of a fifth grader.
Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan, however, refused to take Trump’s bait