Donald Trump renewed his attacks against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) behind closed doors this week, accusing him of “total disloyalty” to the Republican Party at a private fundraiser.
Trump attacked Ryan multiple times during his remarks Tuesday in San Antonio, Texas, according to a report from the Texas Tribune, which obtained a recording of his remarks. Trump suggested that Ryan “ought to focus on running the government” rather than commenting on the 2016 election.
He dismissed Ryan’s announcement that he planned to focus on congressional races in the run-up to Election Day rather than defend his party’s presidential nominee.
“This happened before. Trump sneezes. He has a news conference. ‘I don’t like the way he sneezes,'” Trump said, suggesting that Ryan “ought to focus on running the government and other things and sort of leave us alone.”
Trump also suggested that he knows more about winning elections than Ryan, citing his role as Mitt Romney’s running mate in the 2012 election.
“He lost four years ago in like a landslide,” Trump said. “It was not a close election.”
In a conference call Monday, Ryan told House members that he was going to focus on down-ballot races for the rest of the election season and that he would not campaign with Trump.
Trump continued his tirade against Ryan in a Tuesday night interview in which he decried “weak and ineffective” members of the Republican establishment and said that he “wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole” with Ryan.
At a campaign rally on Wednesday, Trump doubled down on his attacks, suggesting that Ryan was part of some “sinister” deal to to undermine his campaign.