After failing to get the American Health Care Act passed, Republican officials in Congress and the White House are now openly discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House.
Ryan had crossed the line several times, and he was even caught on an audio file saying he is “not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future.”
Many allies of the president and several White House officials have revealed that the President is concerned that Ryan may not have his agenda’s—best interests at heart, and Ryan’s failure to deliver the votes on healthcare was the lasts straw.
“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 said. “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.”
Republicans voted to remove Ryan as Speaker after the election in November, but Trump embraced him after becoming President. However, now Trump is very frustrated with Ryan and is starting to see him as a burden rather than someone who can help enact his agenda.
A senior Senate GOP aide questioned whether Ryan has the chops to continue in the position, reports Patriot Crier.
“A tale as old as time, our establishment leadership continue advocating for moderate pieces of legislation after ignoring conservative input,” the Senate aide said. “How can President Donald Trump trust Speaker Paul Ryan in the future after this failure? If he couldn’t deliver on something so simple as repealing Obamacare, will he be able to deliver on complex pieces of legislation?”
House Republicans are also questioning whether Ryan can remain as Speaker after this abysmal failure.
“If Speaker Ryan cannot pass his RyanCare plan and negotiations had to be taken to the Oval Office by non-leadership members of the conference, it is certainly time to evaluate his effectiveness as the Speaker of the House,” a senior House GOP aide said.
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