Tim Ryan: We are being governed 'from Rush Limbaugh's studio in South Florida'

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) John RyanHouse Dem renews call for censuring Steve King The Hill's Morning Report - Dems contemplate big election and court reforms Hillicon Valley: Google takes heat at privacy hearing | 2020 Dems to debate 'monopoly power' | GOP rips net neutrality bill | Warren throws down gauntlet over big tech | New scrutiny for Trump over AT&T merger MORE (D-Ohio) on Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos claims he was pressured to sign plea deal Tlaib asking colleagues to support impeachment investigation resolution Trump rips 'Mainstream Media': 'They truly are the Enemy of the People' MORE over his negotiations with Congress as the partial shutdown stretched into its 12th day, saying the U.S. is being governed "from Rush Limbaugh's studio in South Florida."

Speaking on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Ryan accused the president of offering deals to lawmakers behind closed doors before rescinding them in view of news cameras.


"We're dealing with someone who is dishonest," Ryan said of Trump. "You could make a deal in a room with a handshake and by the time he's out of the room the deal's over, he's in front of the camera."

"And let's just put this all in perspective," the Ohio congressman continued. "The main problem here is he's worried about the investigation that's breathing down his neck right now. So his only goal is to appeal to Ann Coulter, Laura Ingraham and Rush Limbaugh."

"He feels like he has to protect that base, because he fears what's coming down the pike in the investigation," Ryan says. "As long as that is the case, you have the tail wagging the dog, and we are going to get government from Rush Limbaugh's studio in South Florida."

Ryan's comments come as conservative media figures like Limbaugh and Coulter have pressured the president to hold firm on demands for $5 billion for a border wall in the government shutdown fight.

The president is set to meet Wednesday with congressional leaders in the White House Situation Room as the partial shutdown continues, with Democrats set to take the House majority on Thursday when the 116th Congress convenes.

Democrats and the White House have battled for weeks over funding for the president's plans for a wall on the southern border. Trump had previously said he would take the blame for shutting down the government to get the funding.

Despite that promise, Trump has repeatedly blamed Democrats for the shutdown after a compromise bill that did not fully meet the White House's demands to fund the wall was rejected last month.