House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that President Donald Trump was "very apologetic" after promoting a television segment during which Fox News host Jeanine Pirro called on Ryan to step down for failing to deliver enough votes to pass Republican’s Obamacare replacement bill.
“He actually was very apologetic,” Ryan said on "CBS This Morning" about Trump’s endorsement of the program, during which Pirro also said Trump was not to blame for the American Health Care Act’s failure. “He said, ‘I had no idea she was going to talk about that. I thought she was going to talk about something else.’”
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“So, really, it was completely coincidental,” he said, adding that Trump told him that he expected Pirro would deliver a monologue about Russia.
On Saturday, Trump tweeted to his followers to watch Pirro’s show, sharing the time and channel on which the program would air hours before Pirro delivered a blistering opening monologue calling for Ryan’s resignation. White House press secretary Sean Spicer this week defended Trump for promoting Pirro’s program, saying that he was only promoting it as "a fan of the show, plain and simple.”