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
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."