Report: Paul Ryan Didn’t Sign Off on NRCC Truce with Steve Bannon

Paul Ryan AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

David M. Drucker writing at the Washington Examiner reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan was not consulted on the discussion Breitbart News Executive Chairman Steve Bannon had with lawmakers not to primary House Republicans as he has targeted establishment GOP members of the Senate:

House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t approve of Rep. Steve Stivers’ truce with anti-establishment firebrand Steve Bannon and was not consulted beforehand, Republican sources tell the Washington Examiner.

Stivers, the Ohio congressman who is leading the House GOP’s 2018 campaign operation, forged a deal with Bannon that will cede certain open-seat nominating contests to Bannon in exchange for the Breitbart News chairman not fielding populist primary challengers against incumbent House Republicans.

But Republican sources confirmed on Friday that Ryan’s political team was frustrated by the truce between Stivers, chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist — and that the speaker was unlikely to approve.

Read the rest of the story at the Washington Examiner.