For much of the primary season, Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan have been butting heads. The two have duked it out over various issues, and Paul Ryan has even gone so far as to withhold his endorsement of Trump for quite a while.
We thought it was over after Ryan finally came out and endorsed Donald Trump.
However, in a Thursday interview with the Huffington Post, Ryan made headlines again by intimating that he might sue Donald Trump over his proposed temporary ban on immigration from Muslim countries should Trump become president.
“I would sue any president that exceeds his or her powers,” Ryan told the liberal magazine.
When asked if Trump would overstep the immigration-curtailing powers specified by the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, Ryan replied, “That’s a legal question that there’s a good debate about. On the broader question, are we going to exert our Article I powers and reclaim this Article I power no matter who the president is? Absolutely.”
Article I is the part of the Constitution that outlines Congress’ power to check the president, particularly when he oversteps his legal boundaries.
However, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 is relatively clear on this:
“Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or nonimmigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to be appropriate.”
Ryan may have read up on the Article I thing, but it seems perusing the pertinent part of the law in question wasn’t on his agenda.
The rest of the interview involved Ryan apologizing for conservatism to the liberal media. Ryan said Trump didn’t have “a blank check” with the endorsement he had given him, and there was a line Trump could cross where Ryan would feel compelled to withdraw his endorsement.
“I don’t know what that line is,” Ryan added, “but right now, I want to make sure that we win the White House.”
Trump isn’t saying anything now that he didn’t say since his campaign started, which was long before Ryan gave his endorsement. It’s not like Paul Ryan didn’t have time to look over each and every one of Trump’s positions before the speaker realized his career was basically over if he didn’t endorse Donald.