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Sean Hannity: GOP must come together to save Trump agenda

This legislation was flawed from the beginning

 

After the House Republican leadership's plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare stalled in Congress, the mainstream media decided the Trump presidency is dead in the water.

Since taking office, President Trump has been checking off his campaign promises, one by one. It’s obvious that the president has been moving very fast and effectively, at what I call “the speed of Trump.” And now, there’s a danger that infighting in the Republican Party could undermine the president's agenda.

Trump even noted this potential problem with a Thursday morning tweet aimed at House conservatives who some blame for the health care reform debacle.

"The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda,” Trump tweeted. “If they don't get on the team and fast, we must fight them and Dems in 2018."

The president is clearly frustrated with this division in the Republican Party. It’s understandable.

For seven long years, the GOP ran on repealing and replacing ObamaCare.  "Give us the House," they said. They got it in 2010. "Give us the Senate," they said. They got it in 2014. "Give us the White House," they said. On Nov. 8, they got the last piece of the puzzle.

Republicans should control Washington. And they should have a unified plan to implement their agenda.

In my opinion, it's not the Freedom Caucus that's responsible for the GOP failure to repeal and replace ObamaCare. The legislation put forward by the House leadership was flawed from the beginning. It was created behind closed doors, and no Freedom Caucus members saw it until it was rolled out. That made it a disaster.

I don't know who is telling the White House to focus its anger on the Freedom Caucus, but it's misplaced. The members of the Freedom Caucus have told me personally that they want to make a deal and they want the win for the president and the country.

My advice to Speaker Paul Ryan and the rest of Congress is simple: Get all the differing factions in your caucus together. Get them together with senators like Rand Paul and Mike Lee and Mitch McConnell and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

Get everybody in a room, lock the door, order pizza and beer. Don’t come out until you have a consensus bill like the one you've been promising the country for eight years. And when you do, take it straight to the president's desk.

Your mission is to keep your promise. It's not ideology. It's what's good for the American people and it is no more and no less than what you said you would do.

Adapted from Sean Hannity's monologue on "Hannity," March 30, 2017

Sean Hannity currently serves as host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Hannity (weekdays 9-10PM/ET). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York. Click here for more information on Sean Hannity

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