Breitbart is reporting that Republican officials and the White House are discussing finding a GOP replacement to Rep. Paul Ryan as Speaker of the House. This comes after Ryan misled the public and the President when he promised, repeatedly we might add, that the bill would pass. And it’s no secret that it failed.
Something else that isn’t a secret is Ryan’s lack of enthusiasm about President Trump. Many allies of the president and several White House officials have concerns the House Speaker doesn’t have Trump’s best interests at heart. The healthcare vote seemed to be the last straw.
“This is another example of the staff not serving the president well and the weakness of the Paul Ryan speakership,” a source close to President Trump told Breitbart News. “This calls into question once again the speaker’s commitment to supporting Donald Trump and his agenda.”
“Speaker Ryan proved today that he does not have the best interests of the President at heart,” said another source close to the president. “He sold out the president and showed his word can be taken with a grain of salt. There is only one course of action that should be taken to move past this catastrophe and that is the swift removal of Paul Ryan from the speakership.”
A senior Senate GOP aide questioned whether Ryan has the chops to continue in the position.
“A tale as old as time, our establishment leadership continue advocating for moderate pieces of legislation after ignoring conservative input,” the Senate aide said. “How can President Donald Trump trust Speaker Paul Ryan in the future after this failure? If he couldn’t deliver on something so simple as repealing Obamacare, will he be able to deliver on complex pieces of legislation?”
“If Speaker Ryan cannot pass his RyanCare plan and negotiations had to be taken to the Oval Office by non-leadership members of the conference, it is certainly time to evaluate his effectiveness as the Speaker of the House,” a senior House GOP aide told Breitbart News.
And those are only a sample of the many, many aids and officials that talked to Breitbart. They all echoed a similar story. And these concerns are now being discussed. In fact, names of replacements are being brought up. Some included on the list are Mark Meadows, Jim Jordan, Kevin McCarthy, Rodney Frelinghuysen, Darrell Issa, Marsha Blackburn, and Peter Roskam.
There is no official challenger as of now, and the names given are people who would be more cooperative with Trump, aids state.