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President called Ryan a ‘lame duck failure’ after the former House speaker said the nation had grown ‘numb’ to Trump in the book American CarnageSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 2.34pm BST To end the week, the Friday newsletter of Politico Playbook makes the case that Trump’s leadership style is “more volatile than ever.” This analysis appears inspired by Trump’s recent reuse of his claim that he is a “stable genius.” WHAT’S GOING ON? It’s doubtful the president has changed much, and you can no longer say the Mueller investigation is weighing on him. Here’s a theory: Past aides were skilled at reading his intentions, understanding what to ignore and knowing how to redirect his whims. But recently, the administration has been unable to keep up with a president whose unstructured decision-making process has him in different positions in a few hours. For White House reporters, just trying to pin down basic facts of what the administration is doing from day to day has become a funhouse of mirrors — adding to the confusion. 2.14pm BST Here’s the full look at Paul Ryan’s comments in excerpts of American Carnage published Thursday in the Washington Post. As House speaker, Ryan pushed through Donald Trump’s agenda in Congress. Before Trump was elected, Ryan was critical of Trump’s fitness to be president. Now, Ryan, who doesn’t hold political office, is back to being critical. “We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan says. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy [Trump] to help him get his mind right,” Ryan recalls. “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.” ….When Mitt chose Paul I told people that’s the end of that Presidential run. 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. He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)…… Continue reading…

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Publish date : 2019-07-12 13:34:59

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