On Thursday morning, President Trump wrote on Twitter that the Freedom Caucus, which is made up of Republicans favored by Tea Party activists, is endangering the “entire Republican agenda.” He called on Americans to “fight them” and Democrats in next year’s mid-term elections.
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
In another sign of discord within the Republican Party, a leading Republican in the Senate scored House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for expressing concern that Trump will reach out to Congressional Democrats to address the debate over replacing Obamacare.
Speaking in an interview with CBS News, Ryan said, "What I worry about … is that if we don't do this then he'll just go work with Democrats to try and fix Obamacare." Ryan continued, saying, "That's hardly a conservative thing. This is a can-do president who's a business guy, who wants to get things done, who wants to get things done with the Republican Congress. But, if this Republican Congress allows the perfect to be the enemy of the good, then I worry we'll push the president into working with Democrats."
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) tweeted his displeasure with Ryan’s argument. On Thursday, Corker wrote on Twitter, "We have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem."
We have come a long way in our country when the speaker of one party urges a president NOT to work with the other party to solve a problem.— Senator Bob Corker (@SenBobCorker) March 30, 2017