Paul Ryan took some time to reflect on his season working with President Donald Trump in a book that will be released next Tuesday. He claimed that he often had to hold himself back so as not to “scold” the president.
The former House Speaker decided not to run for reelection as the 2018 midterms approached. He expressed how he often felt frustrated serving in Republican leadership with Trump in the Oval Office.
“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan told author Tim Alberta, according to The Washington Post. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government.
“I wanted to scold him all the time,” Ryan, who is 49-years-old, continued.
Alberta’s book is called “American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump.” It is set for release next week, but an earlier copy was obtained this week by the Post.
Ryan said the situation with Trump has only continued to deteriorate.
“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan said. He then added that members of the GOP and Trump administration would often need to direct him toward making “better decisions.”
Since leaving Congress, Ryan says “he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions” now.
In his interview, the former representative also gave some advice to Trump.
He told the president to stop cheating – both on his wife and in other aspects of his life – and told him to stop insulting and degrading women.
“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.”
“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan says in the upcoming book. “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,” he listed as examples for how to be better.
Alberta quotes Trump in the book, calling Ryan a “f***ing Boy Scout.”
The two, however, came together to get Republican legislation passed through Congress as the GOP held the majority for a short time in both the House, Senate and White House.
Credit: Daily Mail