The White House is warning conservative lawmakers to either follow US President Donald Trump’s agenda in the wake of a recent embarrassment over healthcare or face his disregard for them in future legislative fights. The warning was relayed Sunday via White House chief of staff Reince Priebus. The Trump administration hopes to push for the tax reform plan this spring following a failure to get enough support from the members of his own party in the US House of Representatives on Friday.
Speaking on “Fox News Sunday,” Priebus said the administration was ready to work both with Republican and moderate Democratic lawmakers to push for other Trump agendas, including a renewed healthcare reform plan as well as his proposed budget and a tax reform plan.
“If we can come up with a bill that accomplishes the goals of the president with Republicans alone, we’ll take it and we’ll move forward with it,” Priebus said, yet adding that, “I think it’s more or less a warning shot that we’re willing to talk to anyone. We always have been and I think more so now than ever.”
The Republicans’ healthcare reform bill, the American Health Care Act, was pulled from consideration in the US House of Representatives due to dwindling support from Republicans, serving as a major blow to their presidential nominee for the 2016 presidential election, Trump.
Repealing former President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare law, Obamacare, has been one of the New York billionaire’s key campaign pledges. Trump had also promised to confront the US establishment as an outsider and make the “best deals.”