Of Ryan, Dawsey writes in The Washington Post: "Perhaps no one has had a more tortured relationship with the president than former House speaker ... who went from wanting to abandon Trump after the release of the "Access Hollywood" tape to working to enact his agenda after the election all while doing his best to avoid commenting on his tweets and controversial statements".
He added: "He quit Congress because he didn't know how to Win". In a three-tweet barrage, Trump called Ryan's leadership "atrocious", labeled him a "lame duck failure" and suggested he was thrilled when Ryan left Capitol Hill. "When the people, the great congressmen wanted to go after the Dems for things that they did very badly, he wouldn't give subpoenas. Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!"
Paul Ryan reveals how he really felt in about the President in Tim Alberta's new book 'American Carnage.
"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Ryan said.
But the on-again, off-again duo is back in the spotlight thanks to new comments in a forthcoming book and Trump has found the time to punch back about Ryan's assertions the President doesn't understand government.
Ryan depicts Trump as uneducated about the government. "Set a good example". "A man like Paul Ryan does not often come along". If they decide to leave, as Ryan did, they lose part of their platform to influence and shape the White House. Alberta wrote that the former speaker, who retired from Congress in 2018, could not stand the idea of another two years with the Republican president and saw retirement as the "escape hatch".
The president concluded his condemnation of Ryan by saying he was a weak representative of the Republican Party.