READ: Donald Trump Tweets ‘Paul Ryan Should Be Focusing on Holding the Majority Rather Than Giving His Opinions on Birthright Citizenship’


Retiring U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is pushing back against President Donald Trump’s threat to end birthright citizenship with an executive order.

Trump “obviously cannot do that,” Ryan told Kentucky talk radio station WVLK in an interview on Tuesday.

“You cannot end birthright citizenship with an executive order,” Ryan said. “As a conservative, I’m a believer in following the plain text of the Constitution, and I think in this case the 14th Amendment is pretty clear, and that would involve a very, very lengthy constitutional process. But where we obviously totally agree with the president is getting at the root issue here, which is unchecked illegal immigration.”

On Wednesday, Trump fired back at Ryan, whom the president thinks “should be “focusing on holding the majority rather than giving his opinions on Birthright Citizenship, something he knows nothing about!”

Those that oppose the president begrudgingly found themselves coming to Ryan’s defense, but they made some good points.

Ryan certainly knows more about it than Trump.

Others pointed out the president’s hypocrisy on how he approaches constitutional amendments; namely, why is the 14th Amendment subject to change while the 2nd isn’t?

Trump, as president, does not have the power to change the Constitution.

Though one person asked an awkward question:

Also breaking from the president, albeit less blatantly, was Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX), who said birthright citizenship is “a symptom of a bigger problem. And my position on immigration is pretty simple: legal immigration is good, illegal immigration is bad.”

Cornyn believes the solution lies with Congress.

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