Paul Ryan’s Final Press Conference as Speaker Delayed, Then Cancelled After Trump Call


President Donald Trump isn’t expressing a whole lot of optimism about avoiding a possible government shutdown, and that may or may not have something to do with how the Republican leadership in Congress have canceled the press conference they had scheduled for today.

Paul Ryan was set to give his last presser as House Speaker on Thursday, though it was postponed amid reports from NBC’s Kasie Hunt that he was running late because he had to step away from a preliminary meeting to take a call from Trump. As she monitored the situation, Hunt eventually reported that the press conference was cancelled.

It isn’t clear how Trump’s call with Ryan went, but it just so happens the president recently sent out a tweet grumbling about how he doesn’t have the Congressional support he needs to secure funding for his border wall.

Trump isn’t saying that he’ll sign the stopgap spending bill to keep the government open for the start of 2019, and this development comes amid chatter about a possible shutdown and conservative lamentations over border security.

Hunt reports that a second conference is being scheduled for later today as the GOP scrambles to see if they have the votes to make changes and come up with wall funding.

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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