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President Donald Trump tweeted a message on Saturday encouraging his followers to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro’s show, who opened her show immediately demanding that House Speaker Paul Ryan resign.
The Fox News host kicked off her show, Justice With Judge Jeanine, with her “Opening Statement” segment, which called for Ryan to step down after the GOP’s health care bill failed to gain enough votes to continue.
“Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House,” said Pirro, beginning her show. “The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill, the one trumpeted to repeal and replace Obamacare. The one that he had seven years to work on. The one he hid under lock and key in the basement of Congress. The one that had to be pulled to prevent the embarrassment of not having enough votes to pass.”
“But this bill didn’t just fail,” she continued. “It failed when Republicans had the House, the Senate, the White House.”
The network host assured viewers that she hasn’t spoken with Trump on the subject, but it seemed as though the president knew she would cover the issue on her show when Trump tweeted earlier in the day to “watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.”
“Americans elected the one man they believed could do it: a complete outsider beholden to no one but them,” said Pirro on her show. “And Speaker Ryan, you come in with all your swagger and experience, and you sell them a bill of goods, which ends up a complete and total failure, and you allow our president, in his first 100 days, to come out of the box like that?”
“I want to be clear,” she concluded. “This is not on President Trump. No one expected a businessman to completely understand the nuances, the complicated ins and outs of Washington and its legislative process. How would he know which individuals upon whom he would be able to rely?”
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) March 26, 2017
On Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer defended Trump’s tweet during his press briefing, brushing off any implications that the tweet was in any way not supportive of Ryan.
“He’s a fan of the show, he tweeted out support of it,” explained Spicer of Trump. He added that Trump and Ryan spoke over the weekend.
March 27, 2:40 p.m. ET: Updated with Spicer presser.
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