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Exclusive: Paul Ryan Reportedly Says No Chance for Border Wall at Private Dinner

House Speaker Paul Ryan, at a private dinner earlier this year, said he thought only “one member” wanted to build a wall across the entire U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart News has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the comments, including former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-CO).

The dinner, sources said, took place on the eve of the House’s passage of two relatively minor immigration bills at the end of June: Kate’s Law and sanctuary city reforms. The far wider reaching Davis-Oliver Act was tabled at the same time.

“Ryan told a group of Republicans he met with … that only one person wants a wall,” Tancredo told Breitbart News shortly after the dinner.

Tancredo took issue with the Speaker’s characterization of support for the wall within the House GOP. “Of course he means only one person in his entourage and of the leadership,” he told Breitbart News. “I know several people in Congress who want a wall and I know that there are millions of Americans who want a wall.”

“You have to understand the level of fear that exists in the Republican establishment about this issue,” Tancredo told Breitbart News, seeking to explain the pressures that Republican members of Congress face when addressing immigration.

“The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want a wall … the pressure is greater from the Chamber of Commerce than it is from the members,” Tancredo, who for years in the House fought a mostly fruitless battle to get Congress to combat the flood of illegal immigration, added. “That’s the basic problem. It was then. It is now.”

A current House GOP member confirmed that Ryan made a remark similar to the one Tancredo referenced, but stressed that the Speaker was attempting to summarize the disparate voices in the House GOP caucus, telling Breitbart News:

All this narrative serves to inform is that Ryan’s is making a point of listening to Members and that Members mostly are trying to listen to each other. I believe it is true that support for the wall is not as strong as it needs to be among House Republicans.

That member added an assessment of the difficulties facing the effort to fund the wall. According to this member who supports a border wall, one of the biggest problems is Republicans’ lack of knowledge of the history of the immigration issue and the failures to secure the border in the past. The House member told Breitbart News:

Another thing I have noticed is that Members’ knowledge and opinions on immigration seem to only be traceable back to their arrival in Congress. Not many brought much experience or knowledge on the topic with them. 64% swore in January 2011 or later. They only know that which was debated in the Obama era. Some are Never Trumpers.

We have work to do.

The office of Speaker Ryan and another House GOP member who Breitbart News was told attended the dinner neither confirmed nor denied that Ryan made the comment about support for the wall.

The southern border wall is President Donald Trump’s signature campaign promise and the ability of the Republican-controlled Congress to deliver the authorization and funding will likely define the success or failure of the administration’s immigration agenda. As Tancredo put it to Breitbart News:

Every rally [the president] would whip up the crowd saying we’re going to build a wall. And so you had hopes that in putting so much rhetoric into it during the campaign that it would be hard to avoid it … but so far they have found a way to do so.

So far, no funding has been forthcoming, with any mention of the wall dropped from the Spring’s GOP budget proposals. The White House itself was unclear as to when funding might be expected.

Ryan, interestingly, has been claiming that the House has funded the border wall this year. But, the claims from his office that the House-passed funding measure “fully funds the Trump administration’s request for a wall along the southern border” are misleading at best. What Ryan’s office is referring to in that release, sent out on Tuesday, are the 12 appropriations bills. Those will not become law, because Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell failed to get them passed out of both chambers of Congress and onto the president’s desk. As such, President Trump cut a temporary deal with the Democrats to avert a government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling in a joint package.

Tancredo was pessimistic the congressional Republican leadership can be easily brought on board with the immigration agenda of the president and the party’s conservative wing. According to him, Ryan, who was caught on tape after the emergence of the now-infamous Access Hollywood recording of the President saying he was, “not going to defend Donald Trump—not now, not in the future,” would rather lose elections to Democrats than seriously address the issue of illegal aliens.

“Ryan and the Senate Majority Leader [Mitch McConnell] would rather have had Hillary than Donald Trump for that very reason,” Tancredo told Breitbart News. “They failed at stopping him and now they’re going to have to stop him legislatively.”



  1. T.O. Miller

    September 13, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    I would like nothing more than to bash that RINO Idiot’s face in! Aside from he’s O.K..

  2. paulette

    September 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm


  3. Richard Misel Jr

    September 13, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    We the American people demand the wall.! ryan the failed actor two face back stabbing traitor POS can go fuck himsself.! God willing that african born muslim bastard will be hanged for all of his crimes against the American people and all of humantity.!

    • Bobby Bethea

      September 14, 2017 at 1:25 am

      no doubt…


    September 13, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    Maybe we the people can find a new group of Congressmen and Senators that will work with the President that we elected to build a wall, repeal and replace and lower taxes at the next election.Then maybe Mitch and Paul can draw some unemployment!!!!!!!!

  5. Rosado

    September 13, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    But the people who voted want the wall. How dare the democrats and the republicans go against what the majority of the voters wanted. This is one of the reasons they voted for Trump. They are going against what the majority of the Americans want. Why the hell do we vote these idiots in if they are not going to do what the people want? What good are they?

  6. MEL

    September 13, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Give us a list of those that “don’t want a wall”…..we will make sure they leave during the next election because clearly they are NOT speaking for the American People……period. Either get behind the President and support his agenda or you WILL BE LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB!

  7. Joy D. Brower

    September 13, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    I never thought I could actually expend the energy it takes to hate another human being, but in the case Of POS Ryan, hating this bastard is MORE than easy. And thank God I don’t have a gun or live anywhere near the DC swamp! I might not be accountable for my actions!! They can jail by elderly ass and pay for 3 squares, a small toilet, a roof over my head and bars on my cell for the rest of my earthly days!! I think it will awaken a LOT of people to the mendacity and lack of moral fiber in the bodies of this and other so-called GOP “leadership!!” Remember, they killed Caesar in the Roman senate; a precedence has been set!

  8. John Domici,Jr.

    September 13, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    Ryan-proves time and again he is a traitor with no regard for the will of the American citizens who voted him into office.I wonder how much George Soros(THE DEVIL INCARNATE)has bought Ryan for.

  9. Jack

    September 13, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Paul Ryan, why can’t you do what your constituents want? Build the wall. Peter Barca of Kenosha, Wisconsin, the Democrat leader in the Wisconsin legislature was fired from his leadership position in Wisconsin because he supported his district in wanting Foxcomm to build a plant which would ultimately employ 13,000 people in his county. The Democrats opposed it because Donald Trump and Scott Walker, the Wisconsin governor put the deal together. The Dems punished him for supporting his own people. The Dems believe you should support the party and not your people. You have made it obvious that you believe the same thing. You should be punished for not supporting what your constituents want. Donald Trump gets it. I am a lifelong Republican. I rent office space to the Republican Party. I think that you are a disgrace to your own people.

  10. Rich

    September 14, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    2 faced ass leave jerkoff

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