Trump rips Paul Ryan as ‘lame duck failure’ with ‘poor leadership’

WASHINGTON DC- DECEMBER 20 Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy talk to journalists after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House

WASHINGTON DC- DECEMBER 20 Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy talk to journalists after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House

What's so stunning about former House Speaker Paul Ryan's new admissions regarding President Donald Trump is that his story is now so ordinary.

The former Speaker criticized Trump's angry and chaotic style of governing in the book by saying: "Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions".

Did you hear? Paul Ryan has been quoted at length in Politico correspondent Tim Alberta's new book American Carnage, and in that book, he's totally roasting Donald Trump!

Alberta writes that Ryan left Congress in January because he couldn't bear the thought of another two years with Trump and saw retirement as an "escape hatch". In conversations with Alberta after retirement, Ryan, who had served almost two decades in Congress, claimed Trump, a former real estate mogul, was ignorant about politics. "He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)", he continued.

"I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government", said Ryan. "I did that mostly without him".

FILE - In this September 5, 2018, file photo, then Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens to President Donald Trump speak during a meeting with Republican lawmakers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us.

Following Ryan's retirement announcement past year, Trump tweeted: "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".

"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Ryan said. "Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!" he concluded. "Now I think he's making some of these knee-jerk reactions".

"I could not stand on a campaign stage with the president when people shouted, 'Lock her up!' - and I'm not alone in that", the Arizonan said by phone Friday.

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. A spokesperson for Ryan denied this claim, saying that Ryan retired "because he wanted to spend more time being a father and a husband". Trump tweeted at the time.

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