Donald Trump hits Freedom Caucus for opposing GOP health care bill

Donald Trump hits Freedom Caucus for opposing GOP health care bill
U.S. President Donald Trump holds a session Thursday on health care with truckers and CEOs from the American Trucking Associations in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, D.C. Members of the Freedom Caucus also met with Trump on Thursday, but the two sides did not reach a deal. (Molly Riley-Pool/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to criticize the House Freedom Caucus for opposing the House Republicans’ alternative to Obamacare.

Trump hit members of the coalition of conservative GOP representatives, arguing that it is ironic that they oppose the bill, since it will halt payments to Planned Parenthood.

The bill, the American Health Care Act, would strip funds from Planned Parenthood for one year.

Members of the Freedom Caucus met with Trump on Thursday, but the two sides did not reach a deal. The conservative lawmakers argue the bill does not go far enough toward fully repealing Obamacare.

The Trump administration has reportedly issued an ultimatum to Republican lawmakers, saying that if they don’t approve the bill on Friday, they will be “stuck” with Obamacare.

Trump also tweeted that for Obamacare foes, “this is finally your chance” for another plan.

Conservatives took issue with the president’s approach, expressing opposition to the AHCA while arguing that stripping funds from Planned Parenthood should merit its own legislation.

Members of the media questioned the president’s strategy.

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