Donald Trump rips Paul Ryan on Twitter

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan

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Senator Mitt Romney on Friday morning defended former House Speaker Paul Ryan from President Donald Trump's string of Twitter insults by praising the retired Republican's "selfless leadership".

According to The Washington Post, which reviewed the book ahead of its release, Ryan told Alberta that he wanted to "scold" Trump "all the time" because Trump "didn't know anything about government".

Trump unleashed his criticism on one of Wisconsin's favorite sons just before leaving Washington to visit the state, which he wants to win again in 2020. "He promised me the Wall, & failed (happening anyway!)", he wrote.

But that was not all, he continued his ranting in yet another tweet where he did not fail to mention that despite having the majority, Rayan blew it off owing to his poor judgments, lack of leadership skills and timing. "Never knew how to go after the Dems like they go after us", Trump added.

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

In the book, Ryan reportedly said Trump "didn't know anything about the government".

He added: "Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions".

Ryan told Alberta that he viewed his retirement from Congress as an "escape hatch" after becoming exasperated with the "knee-jerk reactions" coming out of the Oval Office.

Trump had been scheduled to appear at a Wisconsin event with Ryan, but after news of the tape broke, Ryan disinvited him, Alberta writes in his book, according to Politico.

Trump shot back Friday, lashing out at the former speaker as a "baby" and a "terrible speaker".

"We've gotten so numbed by it all", Ryan says.

The assessment is a far cry from what Trump was saying about Ryan last April, when the former speaker stepped down. He was no leader...he wouldn't get subpoenas. when Nancy Pelosi hands them out like they're cookies. He was unable to raise money. "A man like Paul Ryan does not often come along". Ryan announced his retirement from Congress, several months before the 2018 midterm elections, leaving his party to fight the surging Democratic opposition without the benefit of a strong Republican leader in the House. Mitt Romney (R-UT), who ran a failed presidential campaign with Ryan as his vice presidential candidate in 2012.

But, on announcing his retirement from Washington politics previous year, Trump tweeted a tribute to the outgoing congressman.

Ultimately, Ryan came on board in the waning days of the election, saying his was a binary choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton, who he said would be a continuation of Democratic power in Washington.

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