Paul Ryan says he ‘has too much power’ as Speaker of the House

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Former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he thought he had “too much power” in his hands.

“I think I’ve had too much power as speaker,” Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “The Defender,” adding that what “bothered him the most” were the omnibus bills — massive spending envelopes that cost more than individual ownership. said. arrangements. voted separately.

“The problem is that four people shouldn’t be doing all of this and making these decisions,” Ryan added, referring to the House leadership at the time. “I have decided on the composition of the expense accounts.”

House Republicans passed a set of rules for the 118th Congress on Monday, the first test of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s ability to command the GOP majority. There, McCarthy made a number of concessions to win the support of conservatives, including lowering the threshold required for a vote to remove the speaker.

Ryan, however, cautioned about some members wanting to take advantage of the concession, recalling former House Speaker John Boehner’s advice after winning the hammer in 2015.

“The last thing John Boehner said to me — the last thing he said to me as he walked out of his smoke-filled office — is remember that your first job is to save the institution, to protect the institution,” Ryan said. said.

“It never occurred to me that so many members don’t care about the institution,” he added.

Weighing in on the current state of the Republican Party, Ryan joined a chorus of calls for the resignation of freshman Republican Rep. George Santos after he admitted lying on parts of his resume Thursday. Santos has so far resisted, calling for his resignation, and House GOP leadership has not called for him to do so.

“This is a fake app – it’s not a decorated app, it’s a fake app. He misled his constituents, so of course he should resign,” Ryan told Tapper.

Asked about his relationship with former President Donald Trump and his recently announced presidential bid, Ryan questioned whether Trump could win the White House again in 2024.

‘He’s a proven loser’: Paul Ryan on Trump’s future in the Republican Party

“It disappears quickly. He’s a proven loser,” Ryan said. “He bought us a house on the 18th. He bought us the White House on the 20th. He has failed us in the Senate time and time again, and I think we all know that, and I think we’re getting over Trump. »

“I can’t imagine he got it [Republican] nomination, frankly,” he added.

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