Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told House Republicans on a conference call that they were free to abandon their support for then-candidate Donald Trump after the Access Hollywood tapes leaked.



“I am not going to defend Donald Trump,” Ryan said, according to an excerpt of congressional insider book “A Hill to Die On” obtained by Axios. “Not now, not in the future.”


Axios also reports that the book has details about fights the two men had over Trump’s desire to end birthright citizenship and to shift money away from expenses like fighter jets to pay for a border wall (“you can’t do that,” said Ryan).




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