Opinion: President Trump isn’t happy with former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and his blocking of subpoenas during the first two years of Trump’s term.
The President feels that the House GOP should have investigated these subpoenas.
Breitbart News reports:
Trump told Breitbart News in an exclusive lengthy Oval Office interview that Ryan blocked issuance of subpoenas to people he thinks should have been investigated on the political left, and now that the Republicans no longer have the majority in the House, people Trump says Ryan protected may have gotten away with whatever they did that warranted investigation.
Trump said that House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and his predecessor and fellow conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) wanted to be tougher with the left, but that Ryan would not let them.
The President stated, “Paul Ryan wouldn’t give the right to have any subpoenas. Okay? Now in all fairness, Meadows and Jordan and all these guys, they wanted to go tougher, but they weren’t allowed to by leadership.”
Trump explained that the liberal left seems to be more “vicious” when it comes to politics, but they tend to play “cuter and tougher.”
When asked by Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how liberals are handling politics, Trump explained, “So here’s the thing—it’s so terrible what’s happening. You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad. But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.”
Trump and Ryan had a strained relationship from the start, with Ryan hesitating to support Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign after he won the GOP nomination. Ryan then backed off in his support for Trump after the Access Hollywood tape was released.
According to Breitbart:
Ryan ditched on a campaign event he had scheduled with Trump that weekend, and the following week held a conference call with House GOP members in early October 2016 in which he told members it would be acceptable to him if they abandoned the GOP nominee for president just weeks before the 2016 election.
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan stated during the private call. Breitbart News obtained audio of the call, publishing it in the beginning of 2017.
Ryan never did campaign with Trump. After Breitbart published the audio in the Spring of 2017, Ryan’s spokesman Brendan Buck stated that “a lot has happened since then,” claiming that the Republican was working with President Trump on his agenda.
Ryan didn’t do much to help Trump.
Breitbart explains, “Ryan became speaker in 2015, when then-Speaker John Boehner—facing a revolt from within his own GOP ranks—was forced to step aside. Others had sought the job and failed before Ryan eventually ended up running for the position. Prior to being Speaker, Ryan was the failed 2012 vice presidential nominee for the GOP presidential ticket of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. With Ryan at his side, Romney, who has since left Massachusetts behind to move to Utah and now represents Utah in the U.S. Senate, lost the 2012 presidential election to then-President Barack Obama. Then in early 2018, Ryan announced he would not be seeking re-election in the midterms. Critics argued that his not stepping aside hurt the GOP in the midterm elections. Now that Ryan is gone from public life, he took a sharp shot at Trump earlier this week.”
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race,” Ryan said when speaking about the 2020 presidential election at a Florida lecture. “If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it.”
The President’s oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., took to Twitter earlier this week, claiming that Ryan had “failed” in 2012, “lied to us.”
Pretty rich. Mitt Romney’s failed 2012 running mate, the speaker who lied to us and didn't deliver Wall funding (and then lost the house) gives advice on winning.
Paul Ryan: Trump Will Lose in 2020 if Campaign About His 'Personality' https://t.co/DbOkrV8rE4
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) March 12, 2019
Ryan has taken back his criticisms of the President’s 2020 prospects.
To be clear, GOP wins elections when they’re about ideas not when they’re personality contests like Dems & media want. We’re clearly better off because of @RealDonaldTrump. His record of accomplishment is why he’ll win re-election especially when compared to Dems’ leftward lurch.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) March 13, 2019