Trump unloads on Paul Ryan after 'American Carnage' excerpts

Erika Holt
July 14, 2019

"Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader", Trump wrote in a late-night tweetstorm.

"If you're Paul Ryan you fight your entire life for free trade and you're caving to a guy who's a Herbert Hoover protectionist, you fight your entire life to stand up to Russia and you're caving to a guy who kowtows to an ex-KGB agent, who is running an autocracy in (Russia)", Scarborough said Friday. He quit Congress because he didn't know how to Win.

Ryan made a decision to leave Washington, as relayed in a new book, "American Carnage" by Tim Alberta, rather than endure two more years of the Trump presidency. The only success Paul Ryan had was the time that he was with me because we got taxes cut.

Alberta reports that Trump berated Ryan over a 2018 spending bill because it didn't include funding for his border wall but then said he would sign it if Ryan were to give him time to build suspense on Twitter. "Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions".

I don't want anyone ever to say that I never supported El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago in his heroic effort to Make America Great Again.

Ryan went on to describe his retirement as an "escape hatch".

The assessment is a far cry from what Trump was saying about Ryan last April, when the former speaker stepped down.

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And Ryan, who often was Trump's wing man on some congressional issues but had a strained relationship with him, was the main focus of Trump's Twitter rage.

"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Mr. Ryan said, contemplating Trump's behavior.

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. He was unable to raise money. This on-again-off-again duo has found their way back in the spotlight when President Trump nailed Rayan in the comments of a forthcoming book.

In other news, Republican lawmakers are reportedly pushing back on a White House plan that calls for a vote to raise the debt ceiling in July and relaunch budget negotiations in the fall after the August recess.

"Paul Ryan was a bad speaker", Trump told reporters on the South Lawn.

When Ryan chose to leave Congress past year - an unusual move for a House speaker heading into a hotly contested midterm - he cited a desire to spend more time with his family, though many pointed to his rocky relationship with Trump and differing policy goals.

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