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Donald Trump has failed to reach a deal with hardline conservatives to salvage his healthcare reform at a White House meeting.

Members of the conservative Freedom Caucus emerged from the White House on Thursday without an agreement, leaving a healthcare bill hanging in the balance.

The White House described the meeting as “productive” and Sean Spicer, the president’s spokesman, said he still expected a vote on the bill to take place in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

But on Capitol Hill, expectations of a delay were rising.

Later on Thursday Mr Trump is due to meet moderate Republicans whose concerns about the bill are in some cases the opposite of conservatives’ worries.

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