Trump Is Hitting Republicans Hard
Blames Freedom Caucus for health failure, tweets plug for Fox host who slams Ryan
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2017 9:11 AM CDT
President Trump talks about the health care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.   (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President Trump is attacking conservative lawmakers after the Republican bill to replace ObamaCare went down in flames on Friday, reports the AP. Trump tweeted Sunday morning: "Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!" The Freedom Caucus is a hard-right group of House members who were largely responsible for blocking the bill to undo President Obama's Affordable Care Act. But the president appears not to be sparing Paul Ryan his wrath, notes the Washington Post: He tweeted Saturday that people should "Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M." Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News show's host, wasted little time Saturday night in placing blame for the bill's failure squarely at Ryan's feet.

"Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger and experience and you sell 'em a bill of goods which ends up a complete and total failure, and you allow our president in his first 100 days to come out of the box like that, based on what?" she said on the show, calling for Ryan's resignation. Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus on Sunday called the tweet "coincidental" and said the president "thinks Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House." Pirro also denies any collusion with Trump, saying, "he and I had absolutely no conversation, no discussion, no email, nothing."

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