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President Trump attacks Paul Ryan, says he ‘knows nothing’ about birthright citizenship

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan answers questions at a press conference at the U.S. Capitol after President Trump's healthcare bill was pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. In a big setback to the agenda of President Donald Trump and the Speaker, Ryan cancelled a vote for the American Health Care Act, the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also called 'Obamacare.' (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 24: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a Greek Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House, on March 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — President Donald Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday, saying one of the top Republican leaders in the President’s party “knows nothing about” birthright citizenship and “should be focusing on holding the Majority” in the House of Representatives “rather than giving his opinions” on the issue.

The comments come a day after Ryan threw cold water on the President’s assertion that he can use executive action to end the constitutional guarantee of citizenship to anyone born in the United States.

Ryan told a Kentucky radio station on Tuesday that “you cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” following remarks from the President indicating that President Trump believes he can do just that, though many legal scholars disagree.

On Wednesday, the President tweeted, “Paul Ryan should be focusing on holding the Majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about! Our new Republican Majority will work on this, Closing the Immigration Loopholes and Securing our Border!”

The midterm elections, where Republicans are at risk of losing their majority in the House, take place next Tuesday.

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