Published: Sat, July 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The Newest Drama Between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

The Newest Drama Between Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan's critique of President Trump in a recent book is all about the fact the commander-in-chief won't subscribe to Beltway norms, according to Hogan Gidley.

Trump said even that victory was one he engineered and Ryan, who had been in Washington and in Congress long before him, was just along for the ride.

Trump chose to attack after excerpts from American Carnage, a new book by Politico's Tim Alberta, revealed that Ryan made a decision to retire a year ago as an "escape hatch".

Ryan told Alberta that Trump knew nothing about how government works when he became president in 2017.

Mr Alberta wrote that the former speaker, who retired from Congress in 2018, could not stand the idea of another two years with the Republican president and saw retirement as the "escape hatch". "Because, I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government". Ryan refused to send out subpoenas because Trump didn't want him to.

"I introduced him and they booed him off the stage", the president claimed. "Paul Ryan was a awful speaker", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn.

Trump also tweeted that Ryan failed to secure funding to build a southern border wall while Republicans controlled both chambers of Congress.

He said: 'Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question'. The only success Paul Ryan had was the time that he was with me because we got taxes cut.


"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Ryan said in the book, according to Politico.

Trump kicked off his retaliation on Thursday evening, tweeting that Ryan was a "lame duck failure" who lost the majority because of "poor leadership and bad timing".

"Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions".

A new book, "American Carnage", explores the transition of the Republican Party into the Party of Trump, and includes revealing quotes from top GOP leaders and lawmakers who went from "Never Trump" to supporting the Oval Office occupant, and tells inside stories of how the President behaves in private. "Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!" "Now I think he's making some of these knee-jerk reactions".

Trump continued his vitriol against Paul before reporters on Friday.

"We need to move from an opposition party to a proposition party", Ryan said at the time.

What do you make of Paul Ryan's comments and President Trump's response? In the fall of 2016, Ryan infamously told members of the Republican caucus in the House that they did not have to defend the president when he was accused of using offensive language toward women in a leaked Access Hollywood video.

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