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

Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus Lawmakers call for universal basic income amid coronavirus crisis Democrats tear into Trump's speech: It was a 'MAGA rally' MORE (D-Ohio) on Wednesday ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpOvernight Health Care: US hits 10,000 coronavirus deaths | Trump touts 'friendly' talk with Biden on response | Trump dismisses report on hospital shortages as 'just wrong' | Cuomo sees possible signs of curve flattening in NY We need to be 'One America,' the polling says — and the politicians should listen Barr tells prosecutors to consider coronavirus risk when determining bail: report 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.