President Donald Trump told Breitbart News that he thinks former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan was not tough enough and that it cost Republicans possible investigations while he was leading the House.
“Paul Ryan wouldn’t give the right to have any subpoenas,” Trump told Breitbart News. “Okay? Now in all fairness, Meadows and Jordan and all these guys, they wanted to go tougher, but they weren’t allowed to by leadership.”
The president was talking broadly about how the left runs a “vicious” political game and that it’s much more aggressive than the right.
“So here’s the thing—it’s so terrible what’s happening,” Trump said when asked by Breitbart News Washington Political Editor Matthew Boyle about how the left is fighting hard.
“You know, the left plays a tougher game, it’s very funny. I actually think that the people on the right are tougher, but they don’t play it tougher. Okay? I can tell you I have the support of the police, the support of the military, the support of the Bikers for Trump – I have the tough people, but they don’t play it tough — until they go to a certain point, and then it would be very bad, very bad.
“But the left plays it cuter and tougher. Like with all the nonsense that they do in Congress … with all this invest[igations]—that’s all they want to do is –you know, they do things that are nasty. Republicans never played this.”
Trump’s comments were published just days after Ryan spoke on the upcoming election and offered some unsolicited advice to President Donald Trump while speaking at a lecture in Vero Beach, Florida. According to Ryan, Trump should not make the race about himself.
“The person who defines that race is going to win the race. If this is about Donald Trump and his personality, he isn’t going to win it,” Ryan said Monday according to Politico.
The former Republican House leader said that he believes there are some Democrats who could best the sitting president in the 2020 presidential election if the president plays his cards wrong.
Paul didn’t divulge who he believes those candidates to be, however his rocky relationship with the president while the two worked together between 2016 and 2018 would insinuate that their impression of one another wasn’t the best.