Ingraham: Trump Attacking Freedom Caucus Is 'Really Unhelpful' to His Agenda
The debate over the Republican Party's ObamaCare replacement highlighted the rift between President Trump and the House Freedom Caucus.
The conservative caucus, chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), strongly opposed the American Health Care Act, which was championed by Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The bill died on Friday without a vote due to opposition from the caucus members and some moderate Republicans.
Trump took to Twitter on Thursday, declaring that the House Freedom Caucus will "hurt" the Republican agenda.
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
On "Special Report" tonight, Laura Ingraham said she understands why Trump is upset with the House Freedom Caucus, but she doesn't think he should pick a fight.
"I think it is really, really unhelpful to Donald Trump's ultimate agenda to slam the very people who are going to be propping up his border wall, all the things he wants to do on immigration, on trade," Ingraham said. "I don't know where he thinks he's going to get his friends on those issues."
Steve Hayes agreed that picking a fight with the Freedom Caucus is "really dumb tactically."
"These are strong, philosophical, constitutional conservatives who have done a lot, I think, over the years to pull the party toward a broader conservative agenda," Hayes said.
He said if Trump alienates them, then he won't have anywhere to turn for support.
"Smashmouth politics on every issue, every time someone has even a minor disagreement, I don't think that's going to get you very far in the end," Ingraham said.
Watch more from the "Special Report" panel above.