President Donald Trump took to Twitter where he ranted against Paul Ryan, berating the former speaker of his “atrocious” record following some book excerpts that describing the GOP leader as “exasperated with the president,” The Hill reported.
Trump slammed Ryan in a series of Tweets, mentioning his failed bid for vice president back in 2012, as well as his inability to secure funds for the border wall. Trump also added that Ryan was to blame for the loss of Republican majority in House last year.
“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 tweeted.
“He quit Congress because he didn’t know how to Win,” Trump continued. “They gave me standing O’s in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage. He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway! He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing. Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!”
The late night rant came hours after excerpts from “American Carnage,” a new book by Politico’s Tim Alberta, reported by The Washington Post said that Ryan viewed his retirement from Congress last year as an “escape hatch.”
The former Speaker offers withering critiques of the President over his rhetoric and governing style, adding that he feels the country has been “numbed” to Trump’s behavior.
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan told Alberta. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”
Trump and Ryan maintained an, at times, acrimonious relationship dating back to Trump’s presidential campaign.
The Wisconsin lawmaker said he would no longer appear with then-candidate Trump after a resurfaced “Access Hollywood” tape depicted Trump bragging about sexual assault.
After Trump took office, Ryan formed a working relationship with the President and often downplayed controversial tweets or statements coming from the White House.
In April 2018, Ryan announced that he would not seek reelection. While the GOP went on to lose dozens of House seats in the subsequent midterm election, Trump offered praise for Ryan upon news of his retirement.
“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,” Trump tweeted in April 2018. “We are with you Paul!”