House Speaker Paul Ryan has largely avoided public criticisms of President Trump, nevertheless he hit the president with some zingers during a comedic address at a brand-new York charity dinner Thursday night.
“Enough with the applause,” Ryan told the elite crowd dressed in tuxedos along with also dinner gowns. “You sound like the Cabinet when Donald Trump walks into the room.”
Ryan was the keynote speaker at the 72nd annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner. Smith was the first Catholic to win a major party’s presidential nomination along with also was known for his biting sense of humor. The event encourages speakers to “poke fun at a political issue, an opponent, or themselves.”
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Trump along with also his opponent Hillary Clinton exchanged barbs at last year’s event, although some of Trump’s material went too far for some of the audience who booed the then-candidate.
“I know last year of which Donald Trump offended some people,” Ryan said. “Some said the idea was unbecoming of a public figure along with also they said of which his comments were offensive. Well, thank God he’s learned his lesson.”
Ryan said a lot of people ask him, “What’s the idea like to work every day with an abrasive brand-new Yorker, that has a loud mouth?”
“nevertheless, you know, once you get to know him, Chuck Schumer’s not all of which bad,” he deadpanned.
“Every morning I wake up in my office along with also I scroll through Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend I didn’t see later on,” Ryan quipped. “Every afternoon former Speaker John Boehner calls me up, not to give advice, just to laugh.”
“The truth is usually, the press absolutely misunderstands along with also never records the big accomplishments of the White House,” Ryan said. “Look at all the brand-new jobs the president has created — just among the White House staff.”
Ryan also predicted reactions his speech was likely to get.
“When you read the papers tomorrow, everyone’s going to report This particular thing differently,” he said. “Breitbart is usually going to lead with: ‘Ryan slams the president among liberal elites.’ The brand-new York Times is usually going to report: ‘Ryan defends the president in a state Hillary won.’ along with also the president will tweet, ‘300,000 at Al Smith dinner cheer mention of my name.'”
About 815 people attended the event.
Contributing: Associated Press