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Trump-Backed Super PAC Pulls Ads Against Nevada Republican

The ad was delivered to Nevada TV stations before the group decided to pull the plug on its strategy…

Dean Heller

America First Policies changed course late Tuesday and opted to pull ads it intended to run against Republican Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV).

The ads were seen as retaliation for Heller’s remarks about the GOP’s Senate health care bill, which Heller described as “simply not the answer” to our nation’s health care needs.

Hours before the group changed course, spokesperson Katrina Pierson remained defiant on Twitter:

At 4pm Tuesday, the Trump administration called all GOP senators to the White House to discuss a way forward on the bill. Included in that group is Heller, the man Trump’s super PAC was scheduled to attack and a man whose vote the Trump White House needed desperately.

“That the White House is asking people to take a tough vote and then running ads against members while we’re still in negotiations is so dumb it’s amazing we even have to have the conversation,” said Josh Holmes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s former chief of staff.

Heller brought up the ads during the closed-door White House meeting, according to Politico. Hours later, the ads were pulled.

Despite all the fuss that the ads attacking a fellow Republican made, Trump remained nonchalant about the health care bill during Tuesday’s meeting.

“This will be great if we get it done. And if we don’t get it done, it’s just going to be something that we’re not going to like,” Trump said. “And that’s OK, and I understand that very well.”