Paul Ryan

Trump blasts Ryan: Focus on the midterms, not birthright citizenship

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan standing next to each other talking but facing the camera directly ahead of them
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President Trump lashed out at House Speaker Paul Ryan on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, saying Ryan should focus "on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship."

"Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!"
— President Trump on Twitter

The backdrop: Following Axios' reporting that Trump plans to sign an executive order to end birthright citizenship, Ryan told WVLK that Trump "cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order." Ryan was visiting vulnerable Republican Rep. Andy Barr in Kentucky when he made the comment.

Anti-Defamation League urges Paul Ryan to act against Steve King

Congressman Steve King.
Rep. Steve King. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

The national director and CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, urged House Speaker Paul Ryan in a letter on Tuesday to take action against Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) by stripping him of his subcommittee chairmanship and initiating censure proceedings for King's "anti-Semitic and offensive" actions.

The big picture: Outrage has mounted on King in recent days, with dairy company Land O'Lakes ending their donations, and Rep. Steve Strivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, condemning King's "completely inappropriate actions and comments." King said in a statement that the "attacks are orchestrated by nasty, desperate, and dishonest fake news."

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