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'I am not going to defend Donald Trump': Leaked audio captures Paul Ryan's October rebuke of Trump

March 14,2017 13:24

Business Insider covered Ryan's remarks at the time, but this is the first time audio of the House speaker's words were made public. It is unclear why the audio was posted Monday, at a time when the House speaker and President Trump are busy touting ...and more »



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A recording of House Speaker Paul Ryan's October rebuke of Donald
Trump was published on Monday night

The audio captures Ryan at one of the most challenging times for
the Republican Party during the 2016 presidential campaign —
three days after leaked footage from 2005 showed then-candidate
Trump boasting of displaying sexually aggressive behavior toward
women.

In the October recording of Ryan posted by Breitbart on Monday, the House
speaker is heard saying, "I am not going to defend Donald Trump —
not now, not in the future."

Business Insider
covered Ryan's remarks at the time, but this is the first
time audio of the House speaker's words were made public. It is
unclear why the audio was posted Monday, at a time when the House
speaker and President Trump are busy touting
the Republican Party's proposed replacement for Obamacare.
The GOP's law known as the American Health Care Act is up against
some hefty opposition among Republicans and Democrats.

Breitbart said it was unclear exactly how many House Republicans
participated in the October call with Ryan, who made the
recording, or whether those who were involved knew it was being
recorded.

Ryan at the time appeared resigned to the possibility that
Hillary Clinton might win the election as the fallout from the
Access Hollywood tape spread far and wide. At one point, Ryan
said he would spend his "entire energy" making sure a potential
President Hillary Clinton would not get a "blank check" with
congressional majorities.

Trump called out Ryan shortly after his comments went public in
October:

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