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Trump blasts Paul Ryan as a "lame duck failure"

President Trump blasted former House Speaker Paul Ryan as "a long running lame duck failure" in a series of Thursday tweets.

"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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