Paul Ryan spoke to a doctor and extensively researched how to deal with someone with narcissistic personality disorder after Trump won: book
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Paul Ryan learned how to deal with someone with Narcissistic Personality Disorder after Trump won the 2016 election.
According to a new book, Ryan also spoke to a New York doctor about it and read about it for "weeks".
Ryan, the then House Speaker, was reportedly surprised when Trump defeated Clinton.
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Then-Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, began studying how to interact with people with narcissistic personality disorder after Donald Trump won the 2016 election, according to a new book by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of the Washington Post.
Insider has received an early copy of "Peril" due out next week.
According to the book, Ryan was surprised when Trump won the election amid tremendous excitement over Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Republicans controlled the House and Senate, and Ryan realized he needed to work with Trump and began doing research on how to deal with someone who is "amoral and transactional," the book says.
A wealthy New York doctor who was also a Republican donor later contacted Ryan and told him, "You need to understand what narcissistic personality disorder is," the book says.
"What?" Ryan asked, and the doctor emailed the Wisconsin Republican detailing his "thoughts on how best to deal with someone with antisocial personality disorder," said Woodward and Costa. The email also included links to articles on the subject in The New England Journal of Medicine and information from the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th Edition.
The book states, "Ryan studied it for weeks, convinced that Trump had the personality disorder."
Trump and Ryan's relationship has been tense during his tenure as House Speaker. Among other things, Ryan clashed with Trump after publicly defending the neo-Nazis who sparked a deadly riot in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017.
"We have to be clear," tweeted Ryan after the riot. "White supremacy is repulsive. This bigotry goes against everything that this country stands for. There can be no moral ambiguity."
According to "Peril" Trump then called Ryan and blew him up because of the statement and shouted: "You're not in my foxhole!"
"Are you ready?" Ryan reportedly screamed back. “May I have some time to speak now? You are the President of the United States.
But Trump refused to give in, saying, "These people love me. These are my people. I can't stab the back of the people who support me," the book says.
When Ryan pointed out that there were white racists and neo-Nazis in the crowd, Trump admitted, “Well, there are some bad people. I understand that. I am not for it. I am, on the other hand, some of those who are for me. Some of them are good people. "
The two men were also at odds in early 2018 after Congress sent Trump a $ 1.3 trillion collection package for signature. The president wanted to veto the law and, according to the book, yelled at Ryan during a meeting at the White House that "this is a terrible deal!"
"Who signed off that piece of shit?" Trump asked, it says in the book. "That's a piece of shit, a hell of a deal."
Ryan eventually got Trump to sign the law by sending then Defense Secretary James Mattis to the Oval Office and saying, "If you stand there, he will."
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