Donald Trump calls Paul Ryan 'a lame duck failure'

WASHINGTON DC- DECEMBER 20 Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin Mc Carthy talk to journalists after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House

President Trump took Paul Ryan to the woodshed on Thursday night - ripping the former speaker on Twitter for having an "atrocious" record and becoming "a long running lame duck failure" who left his party "in the lurch".

The volley of insults marks the nadir of a volatile relationship between Trump and the former top-ranking House Republican, who pushed the party to dump the real estate mogul after the "Access Hollywood" tape and refused to campaign with the presidential nominee, but then later battled to push Trump's agenda through Congress.

Trump called Ryan "the failed V.P. candidate" and said his "record of achievement was atrocious (except during my first two years as President)".

The president appeared to be lashing out at Ryan in response to a Washington Post report, which listed excerpts from a new book by Politico's Tim Alberta, in which the ex-speaker claimed to have grown "numb" to Trump's "bad" decision-making.

Ryan is the latest ex-Trump ally to be publicly berated by the President after leaving office - former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon was branded 'sloppy Steve Bannon, who cried when he got fired and begged for his job, ' after his departure.

Trump excoriated Ryan on Twitter after the former Wisconsin congressman claimed the president, "didn't know anything about government". "In return they would stand behind him unwaveringly". "He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)", he wrote.

"He had the Majority & blew it away with his poor leadership and bad timing".

"I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right", Ryan said.

"His selfless leadership and lifelong policy work were critical to the tax and regulatory reform that have helped propel the economy".

"I'm telling you, he didn't know anything about government", said Ryan.

"I wanted to scold him all the time", he added. "Couldn't get him out of Congress fast enough!"

Alberta, quoting Ryan, said, "he [Trump] didn't know anything about government ... A man like Paul Ryan does not often come along", he added.

The president concluded his condemnation of Ryan by saying he was a weak representative of the Republican Party.

I don't want anyone ever to say that I never supported El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago in his heroic effort to Make America Great Again.

When Ryan chose to leave Congress previous year - an unusual move for a House speaker heading into a hotly contested midterm - he cited a desire to spend more time with his family, though many pointed to his rocky relationship with Trump and differing policy goals.

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