Ryan warned Trump was losing key voters in Wisconsin, other states: NYT

Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTrump clash ahead: Ron DeSantis positions himself as GOP's future in a direct-mail piece Cutting critical family support won't solve the labor crisis Juan Williams: Trump's GOP descends into farce MORE (R-Wis.) recently warned during a private gathering that President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE risks losing Wisconsin and other key states to former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Republicans focus tax hike opposition on capital gains change Biden on hecklers: 'This is not a Trump rally. Let 'em holler' MORE in November, according to The New York Times.

A partial transcript of Ryan's remarks at an event hosted by Solamere, a company linked to Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyTransit funding, broadband holding up infrastructure deal Schumer leaves door open for second vote on bipartisan infrastructure deal Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor MORE (R-Utah), whom Paul shared a presidential ticket with in 2012, revealed that the former GOP House leader fears Trump could lose his home state as well as other states he carried in 2016, including the GOP stronghold of Arizona.

Arizona, Ryan said, was “presently trending against us," according to the transcript obtained by the Times. He added that other states were also potential Biden pickups.


“Biden is winning over Trump in this category of voters 70 to 30, and if that sticks, he cannot win states like Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania," said Ryan.

The Trump campaign dismissed those concerns in a statement provided to The Hill.

“We continuously track 17 states that will determine who the next president is – and that includes Wisconsin, Arizona, and Pennsylvania. President Trump has been, and remains, in strong position in all 17 those states and be re-elected. Joe Biden is a weak candidate who is obviously a hapless tool of the extreme left. President Trump kept his promises, has a strong record of achievement for the American people, and will be re-elected," said Tim Murtaugh, a Trump campaign spokesman.

Ryan's warning comes as Trump's reelection prospects appear to have taken a hit amid a slew of new polls showing the president trailing Biden by double digits nationally.

In a new interview with Fox News this weekend, the president insisted that his polling did not show the entire scope of his strength with voters and referred to them as "fake polls."

“I'm not losing, because those are fake polls. They were fake in 2016 and now they're even more fake. The polls were much worse in 2016,” said the president.