Paul Ryan is trying to push his Obamacare 2.0 bill through Congress.
And he’s counting on help from Donald Trump.
But newly released audio reveals that Paul Ryan is planning to betray President Trump.
After the Access Hollywood tape leaked to the press, Ryan quickly convened a conference call with House Republicans.
During the call, Ryan announced he would no longer defend Donald Trump.
And Breitbart has just released exclusive audio from that conference call:
“Ryan’s comments on this Oct. 10 call came after a female voice—it’s unclear if the woman was a House member or not—opened up the call. He called Trump’s Access Hollywood comments indefensible and said they do not fit with the Republican Party’s “principles and values.” Ryan also told House members on the call that he would not be campaigning with Trump, and that each member should make their own decision with regards to Trump over the next several weeks at that point: Abandon the GOP nominee for president like Ryan was doing or stand with him? A number of members joined Ryan in abandoning Trump. Both of those two sections of the call have been previously reported in media, although those media reports lacked audio of Ryan to back them up. But the more important line is the line where Ryan says—without specifying this was about the Access Hollywood leak—that he will never defend Donald Trump again.
“His comments are not anywhere in keeping with our party’s principles and values,” Ryan said. “There are basically two things that I want to make really clear, as for myself as your Speaker. I am not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future. As you probably heard, I disinvited him from my first congressional district GOP event this weekend—a thing I do every year. And I’m not going to be campaigning with him over the next 30 days.”
Trump went on to win the election – as well as carry Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin, which the GOP failed to do in 2012 when Ryan was on the ticket – without any help from Ryan.
Yet now, Ryan needs Trump’s help to pass his Obamacare 2.0.
But so far, Trump has signaled he is willing to negotiate with conservatives on the bill, rather than acquiescing to Ryan’s version of Obamacare.
“President Donald Trump’s White House is increasingly likely to support some conservative-backed changes to the House Obamacare alternative, two administration officials said Monday — a move that comes after a nonpartisan budgetary analysis showed 24 million people could lose insurance under the bill.
One senior administration official, speaking on the condition of anonymity to describe internal discussions, said the White House is weighing ideas for a “significant” manager’s amendment to the bill before it hits the House floor next week. Officials would like the changes — which would likely be offered in the House Rules Committee — to appease some conservatives…
… Chief strategist Stephen Bannon over the weekend spoke privately with Rep. Mark Meadows, the North Carolina Republican who heads the influential Freedom Caucus. The group of conservative agitators opposes the current bill, but sources said the two are trying to find a way Trump could win conservative support for the legislation. A number of other White House officials also spoke to Meadows, administration officials said.”
And conservatives are rightfully pointing out that while Ryan abandoned Trump during the presidential campaign, they stood by his side.
Breitbart also reports:
“Inside the Oval Office last week, there was a telling exchange between conservative activist Jenny Beth Martin and the president,” Jonathan Swan of Axios reported on Sunday night, adding:
During Trump’s Wednesday meeting with conservative leaders over the healthcare plan, Tea Party Patriots leader Martin subtly reminded Trump that her super-PAC stood by him ‘through thick and thin’ during the campaign, unlike a certain politician from Wisconsin. According to two sources in the room, Martin didn’t mention Paul Ryan’s name. But everyone knew who she was talking about. She reminded Trump that in October — when the crude ‘Access Hollywood’ tape leaked and Ryan disinvited Trump from a Wisconsin event — Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund volunteers were working the phones on Trump’s behalf. Trump smiled and glanced over at his chief of staff Reince Priebus. Trump said that, yes, he had been disinvited. And he thanked Martin for standing by him.”
Ryan has proven he cannot be trusted.
But conservatives have proven they can be.
Breitbart also reported that Congressional aides say the White House is willing to work with conservatives because Ryan had misled them on their reaction to the bill:
“We have gotten a signal from the White House that the bill might be completely pulled and a more transparent and inclusive process could start as early as next week,” one senior Republican Senate aide told Breitbart News on Friday. “House leadership misled the White House on how popular this bill would be with conservatives.”
“That would be excellent news, and the best way to ensure we actually deliver on what we told the voters we would do,” another senior congressional aide told Breitbart News when asked about the possibility Ryan’s bill might be pulled altogether and a new renegotiated bill introduced afterwards. “The bill as is cannot pass and there is a growing chorus of Republican members in both houses growing impatient with the current unwillingness to make any changes to the current House bill.”
Ryan’s version of Obamacare is a political disaster.
He deceived Trump on the bill, as well as its popularity, and now he is unwilling to negotiate.
This is a massive betrayal towards Donald Trump.
But fortunately, Donald Trump seems willing to sit down with conservatives and reshape the bill to win their votes and honor their loyalty.