Trump lashes out at Paul Ryan over comments on birthright citizenship

  • President Donald Trump floated the idea that he could end so-called birthright citizenship in the United States with an executive order.
  • House Speaker Paul Ryan said the president would have no such authority, echoing most legal scholars on the issue.
  • Trump fired back at Ryan on Wednesday, telling him to instead focus his energy on defending the House majority in the elections next week.

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump went after House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday for refusing to back his idea to strip birthright citizenship by executive order.

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

On Tuesday, Ryan said Trump had no authority to strip the right of citizenship from individuals born in the United States to immigrant parents.

“Well you obviously cannot do that,” Ryan said during an interview with a Kentucky radio station. “You cannot…

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