"I don't know who has his ear", said Brat, who is a member of the House Freedom Caucus and was part of the HFC team negotiating with the White House and the House Republican leadership to amend the Ryancare bill.
In a Twitter post, Trump took aim at the Freedom Caucus, a bloc of the most conservative Republicans in the US House of Representatives, indicating he would try to defeat them in next year's congressional elections if they continued to defy him. "Then they are in a very, very strong position to hold on to both the House and the Senate".
Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, left the caucus over the weekend, and Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., in an interview with Politico, wondered if caucus members overplayed their hand. Collins accused the Freedom Caucus of trying to shift blame for the healthcare failure to moderates.
The panoply of outside groups competing for primacy is reminiscent of the sometimes problematic internal factions at the White House itself, though the groups' leaders say there's plenty of room for everyone.
So to sort through what this means for Republicans and the president is NPR political editor Domenico Montanaro.
About half of the more than 30 members of the Freedom Caucus joined at least 17 centrist Republicans in refusing to back the GOP leadership's health care bill.
"Does anybody leave themselves open or vulnerable to a primary challenge?"
Trump and the GOP may also have to deal with the demographic wave of millennial voters who now make up the largest single generational cohort in the USA electorate, and are only gaining in numbers. Freedom Caucus members say they're in the beginning stages of considering how they'll approach the coming tax debate. "Am I "somebody else's" baby because my parents are immigrants?'" And when President-elect Trump called civil rights legend and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia - who had criticized Trump - all talk and no action, Amash tweeted Trump, "Dude, just stop". "We don't need to deal with that" in the catchall spending bill, he said.
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One administration official, speaking as were others on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the meetings, said it was a long overdue attempt to keep conservatives from criticizing Trump publicly. Some conservative Republicans who did not vote for the president's plan. "They can only afford about 20 defections".
One popular comment stated, "We must unite with the freedom caucus or be deadlocked totally".
But White House believes things to be different now, in office with a Republican President and a real opportunity to deliver on a seven-year campaign promise.
PAUL RYAN: I don't want us to become a factionalized majority.
Most of the GOP no-voters represent safely Republican seats - some drawn to ensure they stay that way - and whose grip on power would only be threatened by a primary challenger.
With that strategy, Ryan will get no traction on his healthcare bill, that has failed to sway even a few of his Republican colleagues.
And the healthcare legislation performed poorly in opinion polls, so running a candidate against Freedom Caucus members based exclusively on their opposition to the act would be tough, said David Wells, a political science professor at Arizona State University.
The counterweight to that, of course, is that many House Republicans are in safe districts drawn by Republican-controlled state legislatures, and they will be tough to unseat.
So Trump is probably just bluffing here, too. "So, I'd say Trump's potential productive period is more like 18 months, and that estimate may be generous". And just today, Justin Amash of the Freedom Caucus from MI - congressman - he came out and tweeted that it didn't take long for the swamp to drain Trump.