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Freedom Caucus’ Jordan responds to Trump primary threat

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“When you look at the document, when you look at the legislation, it doesn’t repeal Obamacare,” Jim Jordan said. | Getty

Rep. Jim Jordan, former chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, pushed back Sunday against President Donald Trump’s tweets blaming the Freedom Caucus for torpedoing the GOP health care bill.

“Tweets and statements and blame don’t change facts,” Jordan, an Ohio Republican, told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “And the facts remain the same. When you look at the document, when you look at the legislation, it doesn’t repeal Obamacare.”

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The Freedom Caucus, a group of roughly 32 deeply conservative House Republicans, has borne the brunt of Trump’s anger for the failure of the GOP health care bill that Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan tried to shepherd through the House, only to cancel a vote when it became apparent the bill wouldn’t pass the chamber.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast,” Trump tweeted on Thursday. “We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”

He followed up with a second tweet singling out for criticism Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-Idaho) and Jordan.

“If @RepMarkMeadows, @Jim_Jordan and @Raul_Labrador would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform,” he wrote.

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Dan Scavino Jr., the White House social media director, escalated the fight on Saturday when he urged Trump supporters to run in 2018 against Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), another Freedom Caucus member who had harshly criticized the GOP health care bill.

“Justin Amash is a good friend and one of the most principled members of Congress,” Jordan said. “And, frankly, if he is primaried, I’m going to do everything I can to help him.”

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