Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) verified that President Donald Trump's observation that he was "destroying the Republican Party." Interviewed by Chuck Todd on "Meet The Press," Dent was asked to confirm whether Trump said he would blame him for the failure of the American Health Care Act to reach a vote on Friday. "I'm not going to deny that," Dent replied. "I listened very respectfully to what the president had to say. But my bottom line is this: This discussion has been far too much about artificial timelines, arbitrary deadlines, all to effect the baseline on tax reform. This conversation should be more about the people whose lives are going to be impacted by our decisions on their healthcare."
 
 
Dent said Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) did not sufficiently address concerns among some Republican governors of states that had expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. "They wanted to be part of this process," Dent said. "They were not brought in. I mean, those kinds of issues were very important to me, and to the people I represent and, frankly, to a lot of the members of Congress who are part of our center-right group, the Tuesday Group."
 
 
Dent said, "We're very concerned about the Medicaid changes. And so, yeah, I can hold my ground."
 
Trump has blamed Democrats for their failure to support the bill. However, members of the House Freedom Caucus and other Republicans were also opposed. In a tweet on Sunday, the president single out the Freedom Caucus and conservative groups for refusing to support the bill. 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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