House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye on several issues, which has caused tension in the GOP.
Many Republicans have criticized Ryan for not wholeheartedly supporting the party’s nominee, but the conservative speaker has continued to voice his concerns about Trump.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson alleged on Sunday’s “Fox & Friends” that Ryan’s vocal disapproval of the GOP candidate essentially means that the speaker has been “working” for the Hillary Clinton campaign.
For a moment, it appeared that Ryan and Trump had put their differences aside. However, recent developments show that the two leaders are far from an alliance, despite Ryan’s endorsement of the candidate.
On Friday, the speaker told the Huffington Post that he would “sue” any president that overstepped his boundaries, as allowed by Article I of the U.S. Constitution, according to WND.
In particular, Ryan was speaking about the possibility of a Trump administration that attempted to issue a total ban on Muslim immigration into the country, something he doubted was legal.
“That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about,” he said. “On the broader question, are we going to exert our Article I powers and reclaim this Article I power no matter who the president is? Absolutely.”
Then, on Saturday, Ryan told House Republicans to “vote their conscience” when determining whether to back Trump as the party’s nominee.
“The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience. Of course I wouldn’t do that,” he said, according to CNN.
That statement prompted Carlson to accuse Ryan of helping Clinton by not fully backing Trump.
“Oh yes, Paul Ryan working for the Hillary campaign,” he said.
Meanwhile, Trump has also been frustrated at the lack of support from top Republican lawmakers, and he addressed it at a recent campaign event in Las Vegas.
“We’re going to beat Hillary,” Trump said. “And it would be helpful if the Republicans could help us a little bit.”
Watch the “Fox & Friends” segment here:
While Ryan has said that he supports the GOP nominee against Hillary Clinton, he has also vowed to continue speaking out against things he sees as contrary to his party and conservative values.
However, if he keeps doing so throughout the general election, it may very well look like he’s “working” for the Clinton campaign.
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