The Fox News show that President Trump urged his Twitter followers to tune into Saturday evening began with a harsh rebuke against House Speaker Paul Ryan after the Republicans' Obamacare replacement plan, the American Health Care Act, was pulled from the House floor when it became all but certain it didn't have the votes to pass.
"Paul Ryan needs to step down as speaker of the House," said Jeanine Pirro, host of the eponymous "Justice with Judge Jeanine," to start a live show at 9 p.m. She said Ryan "failed to deliver" on his repeal-and-replace bill.
Pirro said it was her personal opinion that the onus of the failed health care bill effort was not on Trump, who she said had preferred to pursue tax reform first but still went along supporting the healthcare bill. Rather it was Ryan that wanted the healthcare bill first and subsequently "blew it."
She also praised the president for how he is handling the fallout "with dignity." After the bill vote was scraped, Trump thanked Ryan for his efforts, saying he "worked, very, very hard."
It is unclear whether Trump had any idea what the content of this evening's show would be when he promoted it nearly 12 hours earlier, though Pirro said she had not spoken to the president about it. Business Insider's Oliver Darcy speculated that Trump might have watched "Fox and Friends", which he said teased "new details" about the wiretapping controversy on Pirro's show.