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Trump threatens to ‘fight’ Freedom Caucus members in 2018

President Donald Trump tweeted that “we must fight” the Freedom Caucus a group of conservative Republican lawmakers who helped sink health care reform. | AP Photo

President Donald Trump on Thursday morning revived his feud with the House Freedom Caucus members who helped sink his attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare, threatening to “fight them” in the 2018 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!” Trump tweeted.

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Trump has repeatedly gone after members of the ultra-conservative caucus since the collapse of the American Health Care Act last Friday. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the bill after it became clear that Republicans didn’t have the votes due to the resistance of both Freedom Caucus members and some moderates.

“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!” Trump tweeted on Monday.

Republicans are regrouping after the stinging defeat of a major campaign promise, but it’s not yet clear what strategy they’ll take going forward.

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