Trump Vows To ‘Fight’ The Freedom Caucus And Democrats In Angry Tweet

US president Donald Trump at a press conference after meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, US, 17 March 2017. Merkel and Trump met at the White House for the first time. Photo by: Michael Kappe... US president Donald Trump at a press conference after meeting with German chancellor Angela Merkel in Washington, US, 17 March 2017. Merkel and Trump met at the White House for the first time. Photo by: Michael Kappeler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images MORE LESS
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The same week he announced he is “serious” about working with Democrats in Congress to pass legislation, President Donald Trump fired off a tweet Thursday morning vowing to fight them and the conservative House Freedom Caucus going forward.

How he plans to pass legislation through Congress without support from either Democrats or hardline conservatives remains to be seen. The GOP health care overhaul went down in flames last week due to opposition from both camps as well as moderate Republicans, who have so far escaped the president’s wrath.

Members of the Freedom Caucus and their allies hit back at the President with their own tweets Thursday morning, accusing Trump of becoming part of the “swamp” he had once vowed to drain and pointing to the unpopularity of the bill they helped defeat.

As they vow to tackle the thorny issue of tax reform in the wake of the health care effort’s demise, Republicans’ narrow majorities in both the House and Senate mean they must unify as a party or reach across the aisle going forward. The President just made both prospects more difficult.

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