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House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., right, and Vice President Mike Pence applaud as President Donald Trump is introduced at the House and Senate GOP lawmakers at the annual policy retreat in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Trump met with the GOP to strategize their policy plans, but the details are still fuzzy


Trump met with the GOP to strategize their policy plans, but the details are still fuzzy

WATCH | If politics is like a football game, then the GOP retreat is like the pre-game huddle with the coach. Donald Trump met with congressional Republicans in Philadelphia this week to fine tune their policy game plan, but lawmakers are still fuzzy on the details. 

They know what they want overall 

Republicans on Thursday said they have a clear idea of their overall goals for the next few months. They want to get a major infrastructure bill passed, reform the tax code, build a wall on the border with Mexico and repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

But lawmakers are still in the dark on exactly how the Trump administration intends to make those things happen. 

The key is to get [repeal and replacement] done as quickly as we can and get it done right.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio

For example, lawmakers still can't come to a consensus on when Obamacare should be outright repealed. Some say it needs to happen as quickly as possible, and others want to wait until there is a full replacement plan in place.

Some lawmakers have suggested allowing states to choose to keep Obamacare. 

They still disagree on other issues 

Some of Trump's top priorities are low on the list for congressional Republicans. 

When the president again raised the issue of voter fraud during the 2016 election, many in the room were quiet. When asked about the issue, lawmakers told reporters they should be focusing on other news. 

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) pushed back on Trump's suggestions that the defense department and CIA should reinstate torture. 

McConnell said he does not expect the CIA director to use torture tactics and Ryan reminded reporters that "torture is not legal and we agree with it not being legal."

Trying to show a united front 

Party leaders insist that the GOP and the White House are united in their goals. 

Ryan told reporters on Thursday, "We are on the same page with the White House." 

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