Trump says he expects health care deal soon

Both Trump and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus scolded hardline conservatives who rejected legislation backed by the White House to overhaul Obamacare.

The failure of the American Health Care Act saw populist websites like Breitbart and Lifezette showing a willingness to be critical of the president even as they reserved their heaviest firepower for House Speaker Paul Ryan and establishment Republicans.

White House officials are signalling a renewed focus on job creation, taxes and the administration's push to win confirmation of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a bright spot for the president. They may insist on more money to build Trump's border wall or even press to "defund" Planned Parenthood.

"Reince doesn't have a magic wand", said Henry Barbour, a friend and Republican national committeeman.

'He's in charge, people want him to make their lives better, not make them worse because of some political anger or vendetta, ' he said.

The White House also has sought to deflect attention from Trump's troubles.

Broadly speaking, there are three groups within conservative media: Populists who were enthusiastic passengers on the Trump train but now appear to be prioritizing their principles over strict allegiance to the president; moderate Republicans and Never-Trumpers who do the same, albeit with a different set of principles; and unabashedly pro-Trump conservatives who for now appear set to defend and promote the president no matter what. During an emergency campaign meeting, Priebus told Trump he should either drop out of the race or risk dragging down Republican candidates across the country.

The GAO said in a letter it plans to examine how classified information and the president's communications are kept under wraps while he's on the go. - "The last time the Republican Party controlled all branches of government in Washington was from 2003 to 2007".

On March 18, The Washington Post's Philip Rucker and Robert Costa reported on the unexpected influence of a "coterie of ascendant Manhattan business figures" around Trump aligned with son-in-law Jared Kushner: Gary Cohn and Dina Powell, formerly of Goldman Sachs, and two other businessmen recruited by Kushner, Chris Liddell and Reed Cordish.

"If he changes, he could have a different presidency", Schumer said. He vouched for Priebus' populist credentials, saying, "When left to his own devices, he's not really that establishment".

Meanwhile Office of Budget and Management director Mick Mulvaney and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer are defending the cuts as "necessary" and the weekend vacations as "part of being president". 'The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

Donald Trump has made plenty of deals in which he got richer while other people got hoodwinked (think Trump Foundation) or swindled (think Trump University), but getting himself elected president is the sweetest deal of them all.

For Republicans who want to show voters they can govern after gaining control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, the outcome on health care suggests the opposite. But the White House officials did not respond when asked about the photographs, and would not confirm whether Trump played golf.

After criticizing his predecessor, Barack Obama, for his occasional games of golf, and despite his campaign declaration that "I would rarely leave the White House because there's so much work to be done", Trump has spent almost every weekend of his presidency on a golf course.

"This is a president that allows a lot of access", Conway said. "There's a settling in that's taken place".

  • Joey Payne