House Freedom Caucus Member Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) urged President Trump to continue working with the caucus, because they have been a staunch ally of his throughout his tenure.
Gohmert said on "Sunday Morning Futures" that Trump and the Freedom Caucus came to agreements twice during the ObamaCare replacement negotiations, but that "establishment" figures convinced the president to rebuff them.
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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Republican 'establishment' leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus "had a meeting" and decided to "go to war against the people that defended the president, when Ryan and those guys abandoned him," Gohmert said.
He said the ObamaCare replacement bill that nearly made it to a vote would have caused consumer costs to rise and given the government more authority in health care.
"If the bill passes, the president's administration will be defined for the next four years as a fraud," Gohmert said, because the voters will notice that their health care would get worse.
Gohmert, 63, said the environment during the negotiations felt like that of the 2008 Wall Street bailout or the President George H.W. Bush-era tax hike: "We got to get this done."
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) March 31, 2017
He added that President Ronald Reagan "only succeeded" when he rebuffed the establishment and aligned himself with conservative Republicans.
Gohmert said the Republican establishment would get a "twofer" from passing their version of health care reform: "destroy" conservatives and "make the president look terrible."
Appearing to refer to last October, when Ryan was recorded on a conference call saying he would "not defend Donald Trump" in the wake of the infamous Billy Bush tape leak, Gohmert said the president "can work with the people that got him there, that defended him, when others, like Ryan and the establishment were running scared."