Jul 11, 2019

Paul Ryan viewed retirement as "escape hatch" from Trump

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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan viewed retirement as an "escape hatch" from two more years working under President Trump, according to Tim Alberta's new book "American Carnage," per an early copy obtained by the Washington Post.

"Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time.... 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."

Yes, but: Ryan, who sat down for multiple conversations with Alberta, largely publicly fell in line with the president during his tenure as House speaker as "the book details how many Republicans who once criticized Trump quickly changed their tune after his election," per the Post.

  • Ryan explained his decision, according to the Post: "I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right. ... Because, I'm telling you, he didn’t know anything about government ... I wanted to scold him all the time."

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"He quit Congress because he didn't know how to Win. They gave me standing O's in the Great State of Wisconsin, & booed him off the stage. ... Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!"

The big picture: It emerged earlier Thursday that Ryan said he viewed his retirement from Congress as an "escape hatch" from working with the president during a series of interviews for Tim Alberta's forthcoming book "American Carnage," which details the Republican Party's reaction to the rise of Trump.

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Editor's Note: Ryan dropped out of contention for the Democratic presidential nomination on Oct. 24, 2019. Below is our original article on his candidacy.

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