Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) appealed to President Trump in a phone call on Sunday, begging the President to focus his rhetoric a bit more on the economy and a bit less on immigration, Politico reported.
But Trump swatted away his pleas, reassuring the House leader — who’s retiring — that his laser focus on immigration is the best way to ignite their base, a source familiar with the call told Politico.
Ryan’s not the only Republican concerned that Trump’s immigration rhetoric will just compound the GOP’s likely loss of the House this week.
“Trump has hijacked the election,” a senior House Republican told Politico. “This is not what we expected the final weeks of the election to focus on.”