Alberta writes that Ryan left Congress in January because he couldn’t bear the thought of another two years with Trump and saw retirement as an “escape hatch.” In conversations with Alberta after retirement, Ryan, who had served nearly two decades in Congress, claimed Trump, a former real estate mogul, was ignorant about politics.
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan says in the book, the Post reported. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government … I wanted to scold him all the time.”
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan says. “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.”
In a series of late-night tweets Thursday, Trump blasted Ryan.
“Paul Ryan, the failed V.P. candidate & former Speaker of the House, whose record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President), ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader,” Trump wrote on Twitter.
“He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing. Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us. Couldn’t get him out of Congress fast enough!” Trump said in another tweet.
At the time, Trump wished him well.
“Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!” Trump wrote.