In this Friday, May 17, 2017, file photo, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks at a news conference in the Capitol building in Washington.
Ryan is fighting for the GOP’s House majority in 2018 with a coalition of moderate Democrats, liberal activists and a few conservatives.
Scott Applewhite)Republican House SpeakerPaul Ryan speaks during a news briefing at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, May 18, 2017.
(Photo: Chip Somodevilla, AP)WASHINGTON — Republicans are still trying to rally support in a divided House for President Donald Trump, who has promised to repeal Obamacare, gut taxes and slash government spending if elected, even as they look to the 2018 midterms.
The GOP leadership is also scrambling to shore up support in the Senate and find a way to pass tax cuts and other conservative priorities as lawmakers prepare to leave town for the weekend in mid-June.
And the party has a new leader who has not only refused to support Trump but also has made the conservative faction in the GOP nervous.
The president has repeatedly attacked Ryan, the Speaker of the House, who is a member of the powerful conservative House Freedom Caucus, a group that includes a number of moderate Republicans and is known for its staunch opposition to Trump.
Ryan has tried to rally the conservatives in the House to support him, even though he has been out of the job for months.
He has been criticized for taking too long to get to a decision on the GOP health care bill.
And on Sunday, the speaker called out the president on Twitter, saying he was “trying to sabotage our effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.”
Ryan’s allies are now looking for ways to hold onto the House majority, which they are calling a “vacuum.”
The Republican House Freedom caucus is the largest in the party.
Its members include House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Budget Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R, Texas) and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).
The Freedom Caucus has been at the forefront of opposition to several of Trump’s signature policies, including the tax overhaul, health care and the administration’s immigration policy.
Ryan has said the Freedom Caucus would not support Trump in 2018 unless he would do something about Obamacare.
But he has also said that if he had a chance to meet with Trump, he would tell him that he needs to get rid of the Affordable Care Act, which many conservatives say is unconstitutional and is a major factor in their support for the president.
Ryan and Trump have talked about the Freedom Caucus, but they are not officially working on a deal to save the House.
On Friday, Ryan told reporters that he and Trump were in talks about a deal that would include a repeal of Obamacare and the replacement of the health care law, which would include funding for border security and other spending.
On Saturday, Ryan said the talks were continuing.
He also said there was no timeline for a deal, adding that he would talk to Trump about the plan if he called him.
But on Sunday afternoon, Ryan called Ryan to tell him he is not going to support the GOP speaker and said he would not have the votes to do it.
Ryan did not say why he was not willing to support Ryan.
Trump also has a number a moderate Republican members who have spoken out against the Freedom caucus, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R.-La.), who was shot and killed in a congressional baseball practice on Wednesday.
Scalise, who was a member from the moderate Republican wing of the GOP, has criticized Trump’s immigration policies.
Ryan said on Sunday that Scalise has been one of the “top voices” in his caucus.
“He is a good friend,” Ryan said.
“And he knows that I believe in border security, that I support border security.
And he has called me a lot of times.
But I think he will vote for me, as he always does.”
Scalise has also been critical of Trump, accusing him of “playing politics” with the economy.
But his allies in the Freedom coalition have also been outspoken against Trump.
In a letter to the GOP leadership, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R.I.) and Rep. Mark Meadows (R -N.C.), two other moderate Republicans, said they were disappointed that Ryan would not be willing to vote for Ryan to keep the Freedom Republicans from voting for him to lead the GOP.
“You have made it clear to us that you will not support us if we vote for the Freedom Conservatives to keep you in power, which we are,” the letter said.
Ryan’s office said he has not had contact with Kinzingers or Meadows since Friday and declined to comment on whether they would vote for him.
Kinzings office also declined to say whether he is going to vote to keep Ryan in power.
In addition, Ryan’s office released a statement Sunday evening saying he is working on bipartisan solutions to fund border security as well as other priorities.
Ryan also has been working on his