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Paul Ryan Tells Author Retirement Was 'Escape Hatch' From Trump

Paul Ryan Tells Author Retirement Was 'Escape Hatch' From Trump

Ryan told Alberta that Trump knew nothing about how government works when he became president in 2017. "The tragedy of Ryan, Republicans caved into Donald Trump, who they compromised their values and their principles for, but what makes Ryan different is he knew better".

'They gave me standing O's (ovations) in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage.

Trump attacked the former Speaker over a laundry list of faults, ranging from Ryan's failed 2012 run with Mitt Romney to his failure to secure funding for a border wall.

The controversial Republican added: "He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing. Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!" he concluded.

President Donald Trump laid into former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan as a "baby" and a "terrible speaker" on Friday after the former congressman was quoted in a new book as saying the president didn't know anything about governing and that he retired to get away from him.

Mitt RomneyHouse Republicans who reject Paul Ryan's view on Trump Romney defend Paul Ryan: "The blame for our 2012 loss lies exclusively with me" Trump pops Paul Ryan for the "terrible" record: "Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough". "Now I think he's doing some of those kneecap reactions".

Soon after the report, President Trump slammed Ryan as a "failed" vice presidential candidate and Speaker.

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On Friday morning, Trump resumed his bashing of the Wisconsin Republican during an appearance on the White House South Lawn, telling reporters that Ryan "was not a talent", "wasn't a leader", and was a "lame duck for a long time as Speaker".

Ryan (R-Wis.) announced that he wouldn't seek reelection in April 2018, President Trump was effusive, calling him a "truly good man" with a "legacy of achievement that nobody can question".

As The Washington Post's Josh Dawsey reported on Thursday, Ryan immolated whatever bridges the two GOP leaders had built after Trump's election with his incendiary comments to Alberta.

Ryan recalled a hard working relationship with Trump, during which he refused to endorse some of the president's more controversial policies such as a proposed travel ban affecting several Muslim-majority countries, as well as Trump's hardline immigration policies.

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

"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Ryan said.

But the on-again, off-again duo is back in the spotlight thanks to new comments in a forthcoming book and Trump has found the time to punch back about Ryan's assertions the President doesn't understand government.