Donald Trump says 'we must fight' Republican party members in 2018 election

Donald Trump says 'we must fight' Republican party members in 2018 election

Donald Trump has continued his attack against dozens of members of his own party, by urging his supporters to fight the influential Freedom Caucus in the upcoming midterm elections.

Members of the conservative group effectively helped kill the White House-approved health care plan last week, sparking several attacks from the President on Twitter. And on Thursday, he turned up the heat, with Mr Trump calling on his supporters to oppose Freedom Caucus members when they are up for re-election next year.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” he wrote on Twitter.

The President initially blamed Democrats for the failure of his plan to repeal and replace Obamacare but has since refocused his attention toward the Freedom Caucus.

“The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory," he tweeted on Monday. "After so many bad years they were ready for a win!"

House Speaker Paul Ryan, the top Republican in Congress who wrote the bill, said that he fears divisions in the Republican Party are pushing the President to work with Democrats.

“I don’t want that to happen. You know why? I want a patient-centered system, I don’t want government running health care,” he said in an interview with CBS "This Morning.” “The government shouldn’t tell you what you must do with your life, with your health care. We should give people choices.”

Responding to the President’s tweet, White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that there’s "nothing to add at this time. The president's tweet speaks for itself."