The Republican Party is moving forward with plans to push back against President Donald Trump, including pushing back on Trump’s immigration policies, the party’s congressional leader told National Review on Tuesday.
House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters Tuesday that the party was “looking at ways to be more inclusive.”
In the interview, Ryan called the president’s policies “a big distraction,” saying they are “not working” and are hurting the economy.
“The president’s agenda is going to hurt the middle class, it’s going to take away from opportunities for businesses and it’s not working,” Ryan said.
“And the fact is, we’re not getting the president to act.
It’s really a distraction for us.”
Ryan also said that Trump should release his tax returns.
Trump has refused to release his returns and the House Ethics Committee is investigating whether the president obstructed justice by not doing so.
He has also refused to answer questions about his firing of FBI Director James Comey and his decision to fire former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Trump, Ryan said, needs to be willing to confront the challenges of the future, rather than retreating from them.
“There’s no doubt that there’s going not to be any real change in policy in terms of the presidency,” Ryan told the publication.
“We are going to have to change policy, and the president has to be ready to make those changes.”
Ryan added that he does not believe Trump is “capable of taking care of our country,” and has called on the president not to “tolerate violence and bigotry” but instead “work with those who have more common ground than you.”