Paul Ryan Reportedly Took Aim at POTUS — Here’s Where Republicans Stand on His Criticism

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House Republicans are reacting to the remarks from former House Speaker Paul Ryan after he reportedly criticized President Donald Trump.

In a new book, American Carnage by author Tim Alberta, set to release on Tuesday, the former speaker apparently slammed the president for not knowing “anything about government,” according to The Washington Post, who received excerpts of the book.

Ryan, retiring from Congress ahead of the 2018 midterm election, claimed Trump had to be stopped “from making bad decisions.”

“We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was,” he said. “Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”

The president didn’t miss a beat when he fired back on Twitter on Friday, knocking Ryan as having an “atrocious” record and who “ultimately became a long running lame duck failure.”

“Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!” Trump said.

Trump doubled down on his criticism of Ryan, telling reporters outside of the White House on Friday.

“Paul Ryan was a terrible Speaker frankly. He was a baby,” he said. “He didn’t know what the hell he was doing.”

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Ryan’s criticism of Trump has House Republican lawmakers responding.

A Republican lawmaker who worked with Ryan while he was in the House told The Hill the former speaker’s remarks are “a little bit of revisionist history.”

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said Ryan’s “advice typically served to push the president in a direction that would make the swamp happy but most of the people who voted for Donald Trump unhappy,” according to The Hill.

He added, “The Speaker missed the real reason why the president consistently enjoyed higher approval ratings than anyone in Republican leadership.”

Additionally, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.) — who recently announced he was leaving the Republican Party on July 4 and has been a lone wolf in calling for the president’s impeachment — called the former speaker one of Trump’s “biggest enablers.”

In response to Ryan’s comments in the upcoming book, his spokesperson said, “He’s been very clear that he retired because he wanted to spend more time being a father and a husband.”

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Phyllis Softa
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Yes, Pittsburgh has a football team that won 6 Super Bowls Never heard of Terry Bradshaw, Joe Greene, Franco Harris, Lynn Swan, Jack Lambert?? No matter. WHAT is with your obsession with what I plan to do in April of 2020?? Are you on life support or given a diagnosis of a terminal illness? WHY would I select a candidate in 2019 when I do not vote until April 28, 2020? PA has CLOSED primaries, so I will be voting as a registered Democrat and FOR a registered Democrat.—- a registered Democratic Socialist is NOT a registered Democrat. So you… Read more »

Screwtape
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In reply to Phil because IJR.

Yes, by all means conclude I’m an elder god of chaos and doom who lies sleeping in R’lyeh.

Pittburgh has a football team? No matter.

You still haven’t said who you favor in the 2020 Dimocratic Thunderdome. I know it’s a hard choice.

Babbo
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Babbo

Good riddance to Amash!!!

Babbo
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Babbo

Good riddance to Amash!!

ron
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Paul was mitts running mate what do expect. He doesn’t like trump.

Otis
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Spilt milk, Paul.

Dave Hardesty
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That’s Face it. Sorry!

Dave Hardesty
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Fave it folks, Ryan is nothing more than a Leftist RINO.

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