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Trump Worried About Crowd Size If GOP Health Bill Fails

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump pushed Republicans on March 21 to pass the House GOP health plan that would replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

During a closed-door meeting, Trump told House Republicans: "We won't have these crowds if we don't get this done," a source told CNN, reportedly referring to a March 20 rally in Louisville, Kentucky, that had a crowd size Trump described as "huge."

"I honestly think many of you will lose your seats in 2018 if you don't get this done," Trump added.

Republican Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma praised Trump after the meeting: "Trump was first rate in every way. He was truly spectacular. This is part of the job that he enjoys and excels at -- closing the deal."

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Republican Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina called Trump's meeting a "tour-de-force," and added: "He was charming. He was funny. He really did a great job, I think, in letting us know we're in this together. He's counting on us to vote for this bill."

Hudson said Trump's message was: "The American people are watching. They gave us the House, the Senate the White House and if you squander this opportunity I think there will be real consequences for you and the rest of the party."

Some conservative Republicans, who are part of the House Freedom Caucus, said on March 20 that there were enough "no" votes to stop the bill.

However, during the meeting on March 21, Trump reportedly said that Freedom Caucus Chairman/ Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and his members, will ultimately support the bill.

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Trump reportedly added: "A loss just isn't acceptable."

While the GOP House bill includes deep cuts to government spending for Americans' health, the Freedom Caucus has insisted it doesn't go far enough.

In more Trump news, Sarah Palin told the president on March 21 to fire FBI head James Comey on her Facebook page:

The swamp runs deep. Where are Congressional "investigators" on this conflict of interest issue? Why aren't dots more clearly connected by those in authority, those privy to information that we peasants are not? Why is tainted Comey still part of Team Trump? How long does he get to ride the train?

Palin also linked to an article on her website that included excerpts from a Breitbart News piece that suggested Comey had connections with the Clinton Foundation and benefited financially from those connections.

However, the fact checking website Snopes said the assertions that Comey made money from the Clinton Foundation, and that he was allegedly biased while investigating Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal, was "unproven."

Sources: CNN, Sarah Palin/Facebook, SarahPalin.com,  Snopes / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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