Donald Trump on Tuesday blasted Speaker Paul Ryan in an interview with “The O’Reilly Factor,” stating that he no longer wants the Wisconsin Republican’s support.
When asked if he thinks establishment Republicans, including Ryan, will support him as president if he’s elected, Trump said yes while speculating about the Speaker’s future.
“They’ll be there. I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn’t be there, maybe he’ll be in a different position.”
“The fact is, I think we should get support, and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan,” the GOP presidential nominee said Tuesday night on Fox News.
“He had a conference call yesterday with congressmen, with hundreds of them, and they practically rioted against him on the phone. One person stuck up for him. So I’m just tired of nonsupport, and I don’t really want his support.”
Ryan told his conference on a Monday call that he’s done defending Trump and has instructed members to do whatever they need to win reelection.
Trump has suffered a wave of high-profile Republican defections after a 2005 video was released Friday of him making obscene sexual remarks, and he’s furious over the GOP’s skittishness.
“This happens all the time — if you sneeze, [Ryan] calls up and announces, ‘Isn’t that a terrible thing?’ So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support,” Trump continued.
He then proceeded to criticize Ryan over immigration and balancing the budget.
“Paul Ryan opened borders and amnesty and bad budgets by the way, very, very bad budgets. Frankly the only one that Obama negotiates well with is Paul Ryan with the budgets because that’s the only negotiation he can win. He certainly can’t beat Iran.”
Trump on Monday morning unleashed a string of tweets that indicate he’ll be attacking Ryan and GOP leaders with the same vigor with which he’s attacking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.