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Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Markets | By Armando Jensen

Freedom Caucus Member Urges Trump to 'Remember Who Your Real Friends Are'

Freedom Caucus Member Urges Trump to 'Remember Who Your Real Friends Are'

How did we get here?

Overall the pile-on against the Freedom Caucus from all corners over the last week, ranging from the Wall Street Journal to Paul Ryan to Trump himself, has been unwarranted.

But Ryan on Thursday said he was sympathetic to the president's angry tweet, which came a day after a number of outside conservative groups met with White House senior officials to discuss the president's agenda, including the failed health bill.

Trump tweeted that the caucus will hurt the Republican agenda if they don't get on the team fast, and added, "We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!"

That was a big problem for the Republicans, who could only lose about 20 votes. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment.", tweeted Congressman Justin Amash, a member of the Freedom Caucus. Ryan said he was encouraging Republican lawmakers "to keep talking to one another".

Rick Manning, a longtime conservative activist and former lobbyist, had worked on setting up the meeting for weeks, but it took on a greater urgency after the health care debacle. But keeping Freedom Caucus members happy without losing the votes of Republican moderates has proven tough.

That's a tough question. "The Freedom Caucus didn't care".

It has more than 30 members.

. "I have no doubt that that's gonna happen very quickly", President Trump said. Rep. Justin Amash was quick to hit back at Trump.

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What's their relationship like with Trump?

(Jordan) "The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington". By all accounts, Trump himself has been personally involved with the negotiations - in fact, that's his self-described forte - including with HFC chair Mark Meadows.

Four committees approved the bill before it was sent to the floor but the morning of the scheduled vote Ryan was told that passage was unlikely and the Speaker then went to the White House to notify President Donald Trump. President Trump also made personal efforts to get them on board with the plan several times as well, but all to no success.

But all the high-powered courting wasn't enough. To be sure, the Freedom Caucus can be prone to self-defeating tactical maximalism, but on the health-care bill, it was right - the legislation was neither a full repeal of Obamacare nor sound policy.

Yet the same voters who backed their local lawmaker for opposing the bill showed patience with Trump. They're friends of mine. So I'm disappointed. I'm a little surprised I could tell you. "And for Amash to reject them is to not reflect what I know to be the desire of the constituents of this district".

But over the weekend he turned against them.

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that Trump's healthcare plans would only bring "devastation" upon American families. But sources say, so far, they've come up with nothing that resembles a way forward.

As I noted in my column today, Trump and the Freedom Caucus don't have much in common except their hatred of the establishment - he's a populist deal-maker; they're conservative purists. "Nearly everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment", the Michigan Republican, tweeted.

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