“To extrapolate out that there’s some kind of leadership change or plan to address that is just not accurate,” he said.
“It had nothing to do with leadership,” Jordan said.
But, said Meadows, if the GOP accomplishes nothing by December “I think there’s going to be a rebellion against everybody — not just the leadership,” Meadows said, adding “if we get to December and we’ve not repealed and replaced Obamacare, we’ve not built the wall, we’ve not done tax reform, it is not going to be pretty.”
“It’s not just a leadership thing,” he said. “It’s for all 240 members of the Republican party.”
While the group was frustrated by Trump’s Wednesday announcement that he would back a Democratic plan to extend the debt ceiling for three months and pay to keep the government open through mid-December, they say Trump did it because he is “myopically focused” on tax reform.
But they say that had the GOP had its own plan, Trump might’ve sided with them. Instead, Ryan wanted to pass the debt ceiling separately from money for Hurricane Harvey recovery, while Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell preferred linking Harvey money with an 18-month extension of the debt ceiling.
The Freedom Caucus, meanwhile, wanted to link the debt ceiling to corresponding budget cuts.
Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Troy, also a member of the Freedom Caucus, said while the GOP released a set of goals at the beginning of the year, “those aren’t the plays we’re calling.”
“We just want to run the offense we put together,” Davidson said.