Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) provided some unique insight in how the ongoing conflict between the Freedom Caucus formed during a recent appearance on Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo, a FOX News program.
Gohmert explained that it was establishment figures close to the President who got in his ear and told him to take a hard-line approach against the Freedom Caucus for refusing to support the American Health Care Act (AHCA). He explained exactly what took place behind the scenes.
“The President agreed with us twice, and each time Priebus and Ryan said, ‘No, no, no, you can’t do that.’ He wanted to make a deal, he was ready to make a deal, and we were negotiating with Paul and Kevin McCarthy right up through Tuesday, and all of a sudden, they had a meeting and they decided we are so close to having the number we need, let’s… get the President to help us go to war with the people that defended the President when Ryan and those guys said abandon him,” Gohmert said.
Gohmert’s words stand in stark contrast to the words of Rep. Ted Poe who gave a glowing review of Speaker Ryan and the AHCA after abandoning the House Freedom Caucus. Gohmert paints the picture of the Freedom Caucus desperately trying to salvage the health care bill throughout the process with Trump being swayed by talk from establishment figures in his inner circle.
“If this bill passes, the President’s administration will be defined over the next four years as a fraud… They promised repeal and they have more power to the government, and it is costing us more,” Gohmert said. “It is going to destroy his administration.”
Rep. Gohmert went on to urge the President to “work with the people that got him there, that defended him, when others, like Ryan and the establishment were running scared.” Trump may be leaning in that direction, if his Sunday golf outing with Sen. Rand Paul is any indication.