President Trump railed against Paul Ryan during a late night tweet in response to criticism by the former speaker in a forthcoming book.
In the book "American Carnage", Ryan recalled his difficult working relationship with the president. He told Tim Alberta of Politico that Trump "did not know anything about the government" and that he and others "helped keep him from making bad decisions."
"Because, I'm telling you, he knew nothing about the government … I wanted to scold him all the time," Ryan said in the book. "Those of us around him have really helped prevent him from making bad decisions all the time, we helped him make better decisions, which were contrary to the nature of his reflex reaction, now I think he makes some of these reflex reactions. "
Trump criticized Ryan as a "failed" candidate for the vice-presidency with an "atrocious" record as a member of Congress.
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"Paul Ryan, a vice-president and former House speaker, whose accomplishments were atrocious (except in my first two years as President), has finally become a long-standing failure, leaving his party in the trap both fundraiser & leader … "Trump tweeted.
Trump went on to say that when the 2012 GOP presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, chose Ryan as vice-presidential candidate, he told people "that it was the end of the race for the Presidency. "
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"He left Congress because he did not know how to win," continued the president. "They put me O in the great state of Wisconsin and booed off the stage, he promised me the wall, and failed (anyway!) .. . "
Trump added, "He had the majority and bluffed him with his bad leadership and bad timing, I never knew how to attack the Dems as they attack us." He was not able to get him out of Congress pretty quickly! "
This is a radical change in the president's tone when Ryan announced that he would not be running for reelection in April 2018.
"President Paul Ryan is a really good man and, even if he will not seek re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question, we are with you, Paul!" Trump tweeted at the time.