Fake news release says Ryan hiding from reporters to avoid Trump questions
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) jabbed at Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Budowsky: Liz Cheney vs. conservatives in name only Cheney at donor retreat says Trump's actions 'a line that cannot be crossed': report MORE on Wednesday with a mock press release announcing that the Wisconsin Republican will be hiding from reporters on Wednesday to avoid being asked about presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDemocrats, activists blast reported Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Arizona secretary of state gets security detail over death threats surrounding election audit Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE.


“Speaker Paul Ryan will not be available to answer your questions today about his surrender to Donald Trump,” the “media advisory” from Pelosi’s office reads. 

“Speaker Ryan has cancelled his regular Wednesday press conference so you don’t ask him about Donald Trump’s racist commentary against a federal judge, and why, ahead of their national security agenda rollout tomorrow, the House GOP wants to hand the nuclear codes to a person who engages in textbook racism.”

Ryan's office had announced that a regular Wednesday question-and-answer session with reporters would be canceled due to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to a joint session of Congress. Ryan is hosting Modi at the Capitol.

At a Tuesday press conference meant to unveil the House's plan to combat poverty, Ryan instead faced a barrage of questions regarding Trump's remarks about the Mexican heritage of the judge overseeing lawsuits against Trump University. Ryan said the comments were a “textbook” example of racism. 

Ryan's office fired back Wednesday night in a statement.

"On Thursday the speaker will tape an interview with ABC for its Sunday show and do an interview with Hugh Hewitt. He also held a press conference on Tuesday. In total, the speaker will have done eight interviews this week, including appearing on two Sunday shows," Ryan's press secretary AshLee Strong said. "It’s questionable whether the Minority Leader could get invited on even one."
Updated at 12:45 a.m.