Paul Ryan Begs Trump To Keep Focus On Economy In Final Hours Before Midterms

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 13: House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks to the media during his weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on September 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Astrid Riecken/Getty Images)
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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.”

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