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Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 10 December 2018

Trump lays into his own party ahead of healthcare vote

President complains Republicans do little to protect him

President Donald Trump has returned from a commissioning ceremony for a new aircraft carrier in combative mood (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)</p>
President Donald Trump has returned from a commissioning ceremony for a new aircraft carrier in combative mood (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

After railing against his Democrat opponents and the media, Donald Trump has changed tack and turned his fire on Republican colleagues with a Twitter message complaining about a lack of support from his own party.

“It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” he wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

The tweet comes ahead of a key vote this week on proposals to scrap health care provisions introduced by his predecessor, along with struggles to push through his legislative agenda and intense scrutiny over his administration’s links with Russia.

Trump’s party holds a slender majority in the Senate but two Republican senators appeared to reaffirm their opposition to new plans at the weekend that would leave tens of millions of people without affordable care.

The broadside at his party follows a pledge by his new communications adviser, Anthony Scaramucci, to begin an era with a new “good feeling”. Scaramucci said on Sunday that he would “let the president be the president” in response to questions about his use of Twitter.

He told CNN that they would defend the president “very, very aggressively” when “nonsensical stuff” was written about him. “And he will probably dial back some of those tweets,” he said.