While Paul Ryan may be the Republican Speaker of the House, he is not friendly to all aspects of Donald Trump’s agenda.
Specifically, he favors amnesty and open borders.
Now he is planning a secret trip and some wonder if it is to sell out Donald Trump and conservatives.
Reports have surfaced that Paul Ryan’s secret trip is to the U.S.-Mexican border.
“Rep. Paul Ryan is headed to the US-Mexico border this week. His staff is keeping quiet on the details. The other members of Congress who are joining Ryan on the trip aren’t being so tight-lipped.
CNN’s Manu Raju shared some details from his sources on the Hill. “Congressman John Carter, of Texas, told reporters last week one of the reasons they are going down there is to look at what can and can’t be done in terms of building the wall along the border with Mexico — whether or not they can actually fulfill Donald Trump’s main campaign promise,” said Raju.
“It comes, of course, as a number of Republicans and conservatives, in particular, are concerned about the price tag of this wall, upwards of $20 billion — and demanding spending cuts to pay for the wall.”
Trump has promised to build a wall along the Southern border to stop illegal immigration once and for all.
Ryan has given mixed signals on the topic.
Breitbart reported before his August 2016 primary that Ryan seemed to disagree with Trump on how to secure the border:
“Instead, Ryan seemed to indicate that he could perhaps use his position of power to oppose President Trump’s planned wall — noting that he doesn’t necessarily agree with Trump on “how” to secure the border.
We agree with goal of securing the border. How specifically we secure that border, we will figure that out. In some cases, walls are necessary– what the border patrol experts tell us– and in other cases, they think other things are necessary: high technology, fences and the rest. The point is we agree on the goal of securing the border, no two ways about it. Every Republican agrees with that. The question is, when we get to legislating, we will figure out exactly how to do that.”
And now, Ryan’s trip comes on the heels of the Department of Homeland Security estimating the cost for the wall will be $20 billion.
Conservatives are demanding spending cuts as offsets and Ryan has yet to commit to Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for the wall.
“But asked whether Mexico should, in fact, pay for the wall, as Trump claims it will and the country’s president assures him it will not, Ryan waved off the question. “That’s not the point,” he said.
Pushed again — “Why should Mexico pay for a wall that we want, that they don’t?” Sherman asked — Ryan said he wasn’t going to “take the bait and drive wedges.”
What will this trip mean?
Will Ryan commit to building the wall?
What about who will pay for it?
There are many unanswered questions, and conservatives can no longer give Ryan the benefit of the doubt because of his previous support for open borders.