Former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reportedly told House Republicans that they could feel free to abandon President Trump after a tape of him making vulgar comments emerged during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Ryan made the remarks in what was described as a rare conference call three days after the “Access Hollywood” tape emerged in October 2016, according to an excerpt from the new book “A Hill to Die On” by Politico’s Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, as reported by Axios.
“I am not going to defend Donald Trump,” Ryan said, according to the book. “Not now, not in the future.” Ryan’s office said at the time that the congressman was “sickened” by Trump’s remarks.
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