All eyes on Trump, Ryan relationship after health care defeat

Pirro said she has "not spoken with the president about any of this", and that Trump is handling the defeat "with dignity".

People started to speculate that Trump's tweet might be promoting the show because Pirro was an old friend and that it implied he also supported Pirro's comments on the speaker.

As one would expect there are a few headlines this morning quoting a number of outspoken individuals calling for the House speaker Paul Ryan to step down.

I hate it when Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi get to beat their drums and talk about what a great day it is for America that President Trump failed - when even they know ObamaCare is a total disaster.

But Trump doesn't do favors, he does deals, especially deals that turn out disastrously for one or all parties involved.

Pirro is an avid supporter of Trump and was rumored to be in line for a cabinet position during the transition.

Trump doesn't blame Ryan about Obamacare, Priebus added. "He thinks Paul Ryan works really hard", said Mr. Priebus.

Paul Ryan and the Republicans were unable to reach an agreement on a healthcare bill.

The subsidies continue to be paid this year, but insurers want to know whether lawmakers intend to fund them for 2018.

If they end up distrusting each other, the public should expect much more political turmoil ahead.

The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill.

Look, I want - we're going to - we're going to repeal and - and replace Obamacare.

"Cost-sharing reductions help millions of Americans get the care and coverage they need", America's Health Insurance Plans, a main industry group, said in a statement last month.

In the wake of Friday's health care failure, President Donald Trump was quick to blame Democrats and the House Freedom Caucus - but, crucially, not Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.

As for Trump, it might be too early to tell whether he will ultimately be viewed as a loser on healthcare.

Meanwhile, the person Trump seems inclined to rely on for advice on details, his son-in-law Jared Kushner, has proven himself so far to be little more than a dilettante, taking off for a family skiing holiday just as the health-care reform moved into its crunch time in Congress.

If you can't fire Ryan and you can't organize a coup in the House against him due to a lack of willing replacements, canning his buddy Priebus is the next best thing for the White House.

Healthcare and Aussie energy are in focus, although the United States healthcare sectors finished flat on the session and the real upside was seen is USA hospitals and Medicaid managed-care organisations.

But Trump and his supporters seized on a revelation by House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes, a California Republican, who said last week that the Obama administration may have "incidentally" collected communications by Trump team members as part of a legal investigation.

  • Wendy Palmer