Plan B: Trump To Blame Ryan, Priebus If Vote Fails

Friday, March 24, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Mar 24, 2017

While the White House has been careful to exude an air of confidence ahead of this afternoon’s critical for the Trump administration healthcare vote, it should come as no surprise that Trump is preparing a Plan B
“just in case”, and as expected, Bloomberg confirms that behind the scenes Trump is planning to blame Ryan in case of an embarrassing defeat this afternoon.

As reported last night, Trump’s senior strategist took the unusual step of traveling to Capitol Hill to deliver an ultimatum: take the vote on Friday, win or lose. Ryan had been carefully trying to build a majority for the bill, and it would be highly unusual for him to call the vote without knowing if it would pass.

“Ryan had little choice but go along with the administration’s gambit.”

And while Trump said Friday at the White House that Ryan shouldn’t lose his job if the bill goes down, when asked whether Trump, Ryan, or the Freedom Caucus chairman, North Carolina Republican Mark Meadows, would be most to blame if the bill fails, the administration official said Ryan.

Trump’s core supporters regarded Ryan as at best unimportant during the presidential campaign and at worst a poster child for the sort of establishment, scripted politician they loathed.

Considering the planning that has gone into this scapegoating campaign, one almost wonders if it is not Trump’s intention all along to lose the vote, in the process eliminating Ryan with whom he butted heads repeatedly before the election. As Bloomberg adds, “several Trump associates have already laid groundwork to blame the speaker.”

“I think Paul Ryan did a major disservice to President Trump, I think the president was extremely courageous in taking on health care and trusted others to come through with a program he could sign off on,” Chris Ruddy, CEO of Newsmax and a long-time friend of Trump’s, said in an interview last week. “The President had confidence Paul Ryan would come up with a good plan and to me, it is disappointing.”

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