Trump hits golf course with Sen. Rand Paul


"They are negotiating as we speak". The Wisconsin Republican said he believed his party was moving toward consensus, but conceded he didn't know if the House would vote on the measure before beginning a two-week recess later this week.

But "if we don't get what we want, we will make a deal with the Democrats", he said. On Capitol Hill, members of the House Freedom Caucus and the moderate Tuesday Group have struggled to rebuild trust following the health care debacle in March.

Paul was an outspoken critic of the House Republican plan to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama's health care law.

Some prominent government ethics experts said Scavino's tweet may have violated the Hatch Act, the law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity while at work.

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows confirmed to CNN Monday morning that his group had still not had any formal discussions with the Tuesday group despite the fact Meadows said his group had reached out to moderates on no less than five or six occasions. Conservatives have argued that such requirements have the effect of inflating insurance costs.

On Saturday, Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, sent out a tweet calling for the defeat of Rep. Justin Amash, a Freedom Caucus member from MI.

Also on the table, Meadows said, was the idea that insurers could opt out of community health ratings, which now ban insurers from charging higher premiums based on gender or health history.

One member of that caucus, Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., said Tuesday he remained an opponent of the legislation.

Conservatives opposed the repeal bill because they said its refundable tax credits, which would help people buy health insurance, are a new entitlement. He expected to see a detailed draft of the proposal within 24 hours, he said.

Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, was among several moderates warning that a quick vote would be counter-productive.

Pence and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus laid out a revised plan during a 40-minute meeting with Freedom Caucus members.

The details of the conservatives' meeting with Pence and others were described by Meadows and another participant who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe the private strategy session.

Similarly, some moderates whose opposition was also instrumental in the legislation's failure expressed cautious optimism that the White House offer would produce results. President Donald Trump has tweeted threats of opposing their re-elections in 2018, and fellow House Republicans have accused them of inflexibility that led to the downfall of the bill to replace "Obamacare", a top GOP legislative priority.