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New book: Paul Ryan saw retirement as “escape hatch” from President Trump

Washington (WISN) – A new book called “American Carnage” about Republican leaders relationship with President Trump is hitting bookstands soon.

It’s written by Politico reporter Tim Alberta and, according to the Washington Post, former House Speaker Paul Ryan had a “tortured relationship” with the president.

According to the Washington Post, when reacting to President Trump’s tweet in 2017 that accused the Obama administration of tapping his phone during the election, Ryan read the tweet and burst into “maniacal, punch-drunk laughter.”

The Post also reports the book says “the former speaker could not stand the idea of another two years with the president and saw retirement as the ‘escape hatch.'”

“We’ve gotten so numbed by it all,” Ryan says, according to the Post. “Not in government, but where we live our lives, we have a responsibility to try and rebuild. Don’t call a woman a ‘horse face.’ Don’t cheat on your wife. Don’t cheat on anything. Be a good person. Set a good example.”

The article adds Ryan depicts Trump as not “knowing anything about government.”

“I told myself I gotta have a relationship with this guy to help him get his mind right,” Ryan recalls in the Post article. “Because, I’m telling you, he didn’t know anything about government . . . I wanted to scold him all the time.”

The Post says in the book, Trump calls Ryan a “f—ing Boy Scout.”

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