Donald Trump and Paul Ryan have an uneasy relationship.
Ryan emphatically cut Trump off during the presidential campaign, and then he failed to deliver on repealing Obamacare.
But it’s what Donald Trump did after Ryan failed him that had everyone talking.
The day after Ryan admitted defeat on repealing Obamacare, Trump tweeted that everyone should watch Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show on Fox News Channel.
Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
Pirro opened her show by blasting Speaker Ryan.
She ripped Ryan for failing to repeal Obamacare and called on him to step down as Speaker because he couldn’t deliver on a key promise.
Take a look at tonight’s #OpeningStatement from a special Sunday edition of ‘Justice’ pic.twitter.com/IwvlDs5Vjw
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 27, 2017
Pundits were shocked.
And they wondered if Trump had advanced knowledge of her attack on and was sending a message by asking people to tune in.
Trump told Ryan the tweet was just a coincidence.
Ryan’s office says speaker and president spoke today and Trump made clear his tweet to watch a show that trashed Ryan was a coincidence.
— Josh Dawsey (@jdawsey1) March 26, 2017
But was it?
Breitbart reported that White House aides had told them Trump was losing confidence in Ryan:
Many allies of the president and several White House officials over the weeks since have confirmed to Breitbart News that the president is concerned that Ryan may not have his—or his agenda’s—best interests at heart. Ryan’s failure to deliver the votes on healthcare cement Trump’s skepticism of Ryan, they say.
“This is another example of the staff not serving the president well and the weakness of the Paul Ryan speakership,” a source close to President Trump told Breitbart News. “This calls into question once again the speaker’s commitment to supporting Donald Trump and his agenda.”
“Speaker Ryan proved today that he does not have the best interests of the President at heart,” said another source close to the president. “He sold out the president and showed his word can be taken with a grain of salt. There is only one course of action that should be taken to move past this catastrophe and that is the swift removal of Paul Ryan from the speakership.”
Do you think Trump’s tweet was just a coincidence?
Or could it be the first move in a campaign to replace Ryan as Speaker with someone more sympathetic to Trump and his agenda?
Let us know what you think in the comment section.