Trump, Ryan go public with fight against Freedom Caucus
Trump appeared to target conservative House members within his own party in a tweet Thursday morning that told his supporters "we must fight" the House Freedom Caucus as well as Democrats next year.
"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.
The President is using the power of his bully pulpit to try and force the Freedom Caucus to work with him on his agenda rather than be against it.
But several members of the FC, in response to questions, scoffed contemptuously at the idea that Trump could in primaries replace them with Trumpist Republican candidates.
It came shortly after Ryan made clear in an interview on "CBS This Morning" that if his party can't unify, Trump will likely turn toward Democrats for future legislative deals.
This is not inconceivable, I think.
And Democrats have repeatedly expressed willingness.