Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, said Wednesday that outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan told members of the GOP to run on a platform opposing President Donald Trump in 2016.
“Just a few weeks before the election, we were told by Paul, by our elected leader that, gee, the only way we can keep the House majority is just all of us start running against the president,” Gohmert said an interview on WMAL, according to The Daily Caller. “Fortunately, we had enough people one after another on the call that pushed back so hard they backed off of that.”
He added that Trump had yet to figure out the differences between the public and private sectors.
Trump “wants to work with people over here on the Hill, and he’s just not used to, in the private sector, having people that are reputedly on his side conspiring to keep him from getting what he promised,” the congressman said. “And that’s what we’ve seen.”
“In the private sector, Trump knew if somebody that was on his side undermined him, there’d be hell to pay,” he added. “He was apparently not shy of suing people that didn’t keep their promises. And so, he’s not used to being in a government setting, even two years later, where people that are supposedly on his side are not trying to help him as they say they are.”
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