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Paul Ryan thought Donald Trump had narcissistic personality disorder, book says

‘Peril’ by authors Bob Woodward and Robert Costa had something to say about Paul Ryan and Donald Trump

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks at a campaign event.
Former U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks during a campaign event in Hanover, N.J., in October 2018. The new book “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, has a passage that reveals how former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan felt about former President Donald Trump.
Julio Cortez, Associated Press

The new book “Peril,” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa, has a passage that reveals how former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan felt about former President Donald Trump.

Per CNN’s Chris Cillizza, the book has a passage that has something to say about Ryan when he was working in Congress with Trump.

“Ryan began, on his own, to research how to deal with someone who is amoral and transactional. The exercise initially was difficult. Ryan liked to call himself a ‘policy guy’ but his wonkiness did not extend from the realm of Social Security and Medicare into psychiatry.

“Then a wealthy new York doctor and Republican donor called Ryan and said ‘You need to understand what narcissistic personality disorder is.’”

A doctor then sent Ryan a memo on “how to best deal with a person with anti-social personality disorder” and a number of links to tips on how to deal with that, too, according to Cillizza. Ryan then “studied them for weeks, convinced that Trump had the personality disorder.”

The book also suggests that Ryan was caught off guard when Trump defeated Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to Insider.

That same book also reports that Trump criticized Ryan for condemning white supremacists after the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017, according to HuffPost.

  • “These people love me. These are my people,” Trump told Ryan. “I can’t backstab the people who support me.”