Trump to meet Thursday with House Freedom Caucus members

Trump to meet Thursday with House Freedom Caucus members
© Greg Nash

President Trump will meet Thursday with conservative House Freedom Caucus members ahead of a planned floor vote on the GOP healthcare bill.

Vice President Pence will also attend the meeting, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

On Wednesday night, Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he and Trump have come to an "agreement in principle" on a plan to repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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“The president and I came to an agreement in principle,” Meadows said during an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, adding that he was still ironing out a few final details with the White House.

“I think what we're trying to do now is make sure that our agreement is actually something that can be executed in a way that passes the Senate,” he added.

“There's still work to be done, but I can tell you that the president is all engaged."

The negotiations between the White House, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Soaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington MORE (R-Wis.) and the Freedom Caucus have focused on repealing ObamaCare's "essential health benefits," as well as other insurance regulations in Title I of the existing health law.
 
Earlier Wednesday, Meadows said that GOP leaders lacked the votes to pass the bill and called on them to "start over."