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The Art of Driving a Wedge

Fred Barnes argues that President Trump and Speaker Ryan need each other, but notes that some are attempting to drive the two apart.

Meanwhile, the anti-Ryan clique that operates on the fringe of Trump’s orbit hasn’t let up. Its appeal is to Trump’s ego, insinuating that Ryan is an evil genius who has tricked him into backing a bill that would keep Obamacare alive.

“I think Paul Ryan’s selling him a bill of goods that he didn’t explain to the president,” Republican senator Rand Paul told CNN. Eric Bolling of Fox News wrote that the “establishment GOP [has] pulled a fast one on President Trump.”

I see what Barnes is getting at, but if Trump thinks about it won’t he realize that the people who are saying he has been suckered are not exactly telling a flattering story about him?


Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.


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