House Speaker Paul Ryan has seemingly been resistant to the new president, and a newly released recording of an October conference call to other House members gives some insight into why.
The phone call took place right after the Access Hollywood video of President Trump leaked to the press, and Ryan showed his true colors as a RINO when he declared to his fellow representatives that he was abandoning the GOP nominee for president…forever.
Breitbart News has more on the damning audio clip [emphasis mine]:
On a never-before-released private October conference call with House Republican members, House Speaker Paul Ryan told his members in the U.S. House of Representatives he was abandoning then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump forever and would never defend him ever again.
In the Oct. 10, 2016 call, from right after the Access Hollywood tape of Trump was leaked in the weeks leading up to the election, Ryan does not specify that he will never defend Trump on just the Access Hollywood tape—he says clearly he is done with Trump altogether.
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” Ryan says in the audio, obtained by Breitbart News and published here for the first time ever.
That’s not got good. It’s not good at all to have the Speaker of the house take such a stance against his own party’s nominee.
Since then, Ryan has seemingly warmed to the new president; however, as Breitbart noted, he’s also misled Trump to believe his healthcare reform bill, which has earned the nicknames “Obamacare 2.0,” “Obamacare Lite,” and “Ryancare,” would easily pass through both houses of Congress, but as we’re seeing that’s really not the case.
Now, Ryan—still the Speaker—has pushed now President Donald Trump to believe his healthcare legislation the American Health Care Act would repeal and replace Obamacare when it does not repeal Obamacare. Ryan has also, according to Trump ally Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), misled President Trump into believing that Ryan’s bill can pass Congress. Paul and others believe the bill is dead on arrival in the U.S. Senate since a number of GOP senators have come out against it, and there are serious questions about whether it can pass the House. This is the first major initiative that Trump has worked on with Ryan—and the fact it is going so poorly calls into question whether Speaker Ryan, the GOP’s failed 2012 vice presidential nominee who barely supported Trump at all in 2016, really understands how Trump won and how to win in general.