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Schumer: 'You cannot run the presidency like you run a real estate deal'

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"You can't threaten and intimidate and say I'll walk away. It's more complicated," Chuck Schumer said. | AP Photo

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Republicans turn fire on each other

White House officials insisted Sunday that the relationship between President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan is strong, even as Republican infighting over the failure to repeal Obamacare exploded into the open over the weekend.

After Trump urged his Twitter followers Saturday to watch Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro — who opened her show last night with six-minute plea for Speaker Paul Ryan to step down — Washington was abuzz with speculation about a Trump-Ryan rift. Trump-boosting Breitbart News, the former publication of the president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, used the sequence of events to highlight the apparent discord.

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But White House officials later emphasized that Trump was not endorsing Ryan’s ouster.

“He is a fan of her show plain and simple,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in an email, explaining Trump’s tweet.

White House officials say Trump does not support Pirro's comments on Ryan, but was merely trying to show support for the Fox host, who has long backed Trump.

"Nothing was meant by it," said a White House aide.

Trump and Ryan spoke for an hour on Saturday, and other GOP insiders said Trump has praised Ryan in private conversations since the speaker was forced to pull the American Health Care Act on Friday amid eroding support from hardline conservatives and House moderates. Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus took to “Fox News Sunday” to emphasize the president’s strong relationship with Ryan as well.

“He doesn't blame Paul Ryan,” Priebus said. “He thought Paul Ryan worked really hard, enjoys his relationship with Paul Ryan, thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House. None of that has changed.”

But the uneasy alliance between the two leaders did little to hide the increasingly acrimonious recriminations among Republicans. It’s a preview of the challenge Trump and Ryan will face as they nurse their wounds and attempt to regroup for what could be an even more divisive fight over tax reform.

Trump began Sunday with a tweet ripping the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus and their outside backers, the group of three-dozen Republicans and like-minded groups that banded together to help block the health care bill.

“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” he tweeted.

Priebus also hammered recalcitrant Republicans during his appearance on Fox.

“I think the president’s disappointed in a number of people that he thought were loyal to him that weren’t,” Priebus said.

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The Freedom Caucus and outside groups panned the AHCA as a watered-down version of Obamacare that retained many of its core elements and failed to lower premiums. Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham fired back at critics in Congress as well.

“Let's be clear about the situation: House leadership drafted an awful bill

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Republicans turn fire on each other

White House officials insisted Sunday that the relationship between President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan is strong, even as Republican infighting over the failure to repeal Obamacare exploded into the open over the weekend.

After Trump urged his Twitter followers Saturday to watch Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro — who opened her show last night with six-minute plea for Speaker Paul Ryan to step down — Washington was abuzz with speculation about a Trump-Ryan rift. Trump-boosting Breitbart News, the former publication of the president’s chief strategist Steve Bannon, used the sequence of events to highlight the apparent discord.

Story Continued Below

But White House officials later emphasized that Trump was not endorsing Ryan’s ouster.

“He is a fan of her show plain and simple,” White House press secretary Sean Spicer said in an email, explaining Trump’s tweet.

White House officials say Trump does not support Pirro's comments on Ryan, but was merely trying to show support for the Fox host, who has long backed Trump.

"Nothing was meant by it," said a White House aide.

Trump and Ryan spoke for an hour on Saturday, and other GOP insiders said Trump has praised Ryan in private conversations since the speaker was forced to pull the American Health Care Act on Friday amid eroding support from hardline conservatives and House moderates. Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus took to “Fox News Sunday” to emphasize the president’s strong relationship with Ryan as well.

“He doesn't blame Paul Ryan,” Priebus said. “He thought Paul Ryan worked really hard, enjoys his relationship with Paul Ryan, thinks that Paul Ryan is a great speaker of the House. None of that has changed.”

But the uneasy alliance between the two leaders did little to hide the increasingly acrimonious recriminations among Republicans. It’s a preview of the challenge Trump and Ryan will face as they nurse their wounds and attempt to regroup for what could be an even more divisive fight over tax reform.

Trump began Sunday with a tweet ripping the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus and their outside backers, the group of three-dozen Republicans and like-minded groups that banded together to help block the health care bill.

“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” he tweeted.

Priebus also hammered recalcitrant Republicans during his appearance on Fox.

“I think the president’s disappointed in a number of people that he thought were loyal to him that weren’t,” Priebus said.

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The Freedom Caucus and outside groups panned the AHCA as a watered-down version of Obamacare that retained many of its core elements and failed to lower premiums. Heritage Action CEO Michael Needham fired back at critics in Congress as well.

“Let's be clear about the situation: House leadership drafted an awful bill

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GOP ‘CIVIL WAR’ -- TRUMP goes after the House Freedom Caucus -- HFC’s ‘SECRET PACT’ -- HOW TO REACH TRUMP -- ‘KNIVES OUT’ in West Wing for Gary Cohn -- BORIS EPSHTEYN leaving WH -- B’DAY: Bob Woodward

NEWS -- PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP and SPEAKER PAUL RYAN spoke on the phone for an hour Saturday about moving forward after their health-care bill went down in flames Friday. They also spoke about the lessons they learned. Trump spent a chunk of his day at his golf club in Sterling, Virginia, and Ryan was back home in Wisconsin. Most aides say the rapport between the two men right now is good. Trump -- and many of Ryan’s allies in the House -- have a new target:

THE NEW BATTLE -- TRUMP VS. THE HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS -- @realDonaldTrump at 8:21 a.m.: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”

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-- READING BETWEEN THE LINES : Trump administration officials have told us that the president is increasingly frustrated with the conservative Freedom Caucus, led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.). They say the group did not negotiate in good faith -- a claim the HFC vehemently denies. Here’s the problem for Trump: the Freedom Caucus has 30 or so members, which is more than enough to stop any and all of his legislative priorities. So, unless Trump moves to the left and starts working with Democrats, he cannot pass bills without the Freedom Caucus. Or, Trump -- with the assistance of Hill leaders -- can try to split the group apart on an issue-by-issue basis.

REMEMBER -- The government is slated to shut down at the end of April. The House -- where funding the government will be most difficult -- is only in session for 12 more days between now and then. (The House is out from April 7 through April 25.)

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TRUMP’S FREEDOM CAUCUS MISREAD -- NEXT WEEK’s NYT Magazine cover story, “Trump vs. Congress: Now What? After the president suffered his first defeat on Capitol Hill, can the White House still make good on its legislative promises?” by Robert Draper: “When we spoke on the morning of March 7, Trump assured me that he would not bully the Obamacare-replacement bill’s loudest Republican critics, like the Freedom Caucus chairman, Representative Mark Meadows, on Twitter: ‘No, I don’t think I’ll have to,’ he said. ‘Mark Meadows is a great guy and a friend of mine. I don’t think he’d ever disappoint me, or the party. I think he’s great. No, I would never call him out on Twitter. Some of the others, too. I don’t think we’ll need to. Now, they’re fighting for their turf, but I don’t think they’re going to be obstructionists. I spoke to Mark. He’s got some ideas. I think they’re very positive.’” http://nyti.ms/2nBIc1v

SUNDAY BEST -- GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS talks to REP. MARK MEADOWS on ABC’s “THIS WEEK” -- STEPHANOPOULOS: “He’s blaming you for saving Planned Parenthood, saving Obamacare.” MEADOWS: “At this particular point, I can tell you, no one has been more self critiquing than me. I can tell you as

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Sanders to offer single-payer health care plan

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Bernie Sanders said such a plan could help to deliver on President Donald Trump's pursuit of lowering prescription drug prices, | AP Photo

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