Trump told his Twitter followers to watch a Fox News programme in which Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, was told to resign over his failure to unite Republicans in passing the healthcare bill. Breitbart, formerly run by Steve Bannon, has also expressed scalding criticism at Ryan for the healthcare bill’s failure. As Bannon, whose own opinion of Ryan is far from flattering, holds a strong influence over the president, it is likely that Trump feels the same way, writes Vox’s Tara Golshan. Conservative Americans are staying loyal to Trump, growing increasingly critical of Ryan. Golshan adds that Ryan has few friends left, indicating that resignation looms.
Susan Cornwell of Reuters suggests that criticism of Ryan from media sources like Breitbart is due to the websites’ own negative opinion of the Speaker, not based on White House sources. Cornwell reports that House of Representatives' Republicans dismiss the idea that Ryan could be replaced. In fact, several representatives stood with Ryan, even while some did express regret that the healthcare bill didn’t pass. Even strong critics of the bill, such as Republican Representative Justin Amash, dismissed the suggestion that there was talk of replacing Ryan. While licking their wounds from the healthcare bill's defeat, Republicans are still united behind their House Speaker and will remain so.