UPDATE 11:01 a.m. EST:
Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI), a member of the House Freedom Caucus, fired back at President Trump's urging for the Republican Party to "fight" the caucus, using Trump's "drain the swamp" slogan against him.
ORIGINAL STORY: President Trump tweeted Thursday morning that Republicans "must fight" the Freedom Caucus and Democrats in 2018, presumably referring to midterm elections.
The Freedom Caucus is a Republican group. Many of its members opposed the American Health Care Act, sinking its chances of passing in the House.
Trump has been critical of the caucus since the vote failed.
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
Here's the tweet in full.
The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. After so many bad years they were ready for a win!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2017
Trump accused the caucus of snatching "defeat from the jaws of victory" on Monday.
The irony is that the Freedom Caucus, which is very pro-life and against Planned Parenthood, allows P.P. to continue if they stop this plan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 24, 2017
Last week, he said the caucus' plans would backfire.
Some thought he was going too far.
Freedom Caucus are conservatives. I don't agree with you on this one, Trump. Maybe the "republican agenda" is what's bad.— Matt Wenger (@RealMattWenger) March 30, 2017
Some self-professed Trump supporters weren't fans.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a CBS interview aired Thursday he feared the caucus' denial would "push the president into working with Democrats." Ryan was one of the lead proponents of the AHCA.
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