The chaos surrounding Donald Trump and Paul Ryan's monster of a health care bill grows: a long-planned vote in Congress was called off today, representing a devastating blow to the narcissist-in-chief's bravado. Late news on Thursday night, "The President told Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus to go to the capital and tell Ryan to call a vote tomorrow," reports MSNBC at 11:30pm ET.
POTUS gathered Priebus and Bannon at his side tonight in Oval and sent them to Cap. Call the vote, he told them to tell Ryan + Freedom Cauc
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 24, 2017
Amazing what we're hearing from reporters including @costareports – Trump treating the GOP members of congress like they're his employees.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) March 24, 2017
Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush get inside Donald Trump's head in this late-breaking piece on the state of the President's delusion.
President Trump, the author of "The Art of the Deal," has been projecting his usual bravado in public this week about the prospects of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Privately he is grappling with rare bouts of self-doubt.
The entire piece is a must-read. This segment is shocking.
Mr. Trump appeared almost oblivious to the dire situation unfolding in the hours after he hosted a meeting with members of the House Freedom Caucus at the White House, where he made the case Mr. Winston pointed to — that not passing the health bill risks the rest of the Republican agenda.
In the midafternoon, a beaming Mr. Trump climbed into the rig of a black tractor-trailer, which had been driven to the White House for an event with trucking industry executives, honking the horn and posing for a series of tough-guy photos — one with his fists held aloft, another staring straight ahead, hands gripping the large wheel, his face compressed into an excited scream.
At a meeting inside shortly after, Mr. Trump announced that he was pressed for time and needed to go make calls for more votes.
A reporter informed him that the vote had already been called off.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) March 24, 2017
Looking for alternative votes https://t.co/tKybaB2Qde
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) March 23, 2017
Trump and Ryan are trying to buy off Freedom Caucus members with a provision that courts might strike down. Seems important.
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) March 24, 2017