A hot microphone caught someone at the end of the GOP leaders weekly briefing on Tuesday, saying that the event was a "waste of my f---ing time."
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan concluded the press conference after taking a question regarding President Trump's travel ban. He and other members of the Republican leadership were exiting the room when the phrase was heard on air.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Deputy Chief of Staff Drew Hammill took to Twitter to accuse Ryan in a now-deleted tweet immediately after the moment was shared on YouTube.
Many agreed with Hammill:
But Hammill deleted the tweet and apologized after Ryan's Chief Communications Advisor Brendon Buck clarified that it was not Ryan who made the remark.
Others suggested that it was House Majority Whip Rep. Steve Scalise:
But the claims to the contrary have not stopped Twitter from accusing Ryan for the slip.
See more social reactions to Paul Ryan's alleged remarks:
Twitter erupts after Paul Ryan allegedly caught cursing on hot mic
Who keeps voting for Paul Ryan?! Show yourselves. You know what else is a waste of time? Being detained, rerouted, handcuffing kids
@Jackstar009 yes i agree paul ryan is a waste of of our precious time
Did he just walk out of a briefing....... I'm sorry Paul Ryan, but YOU are the waste of time. https://t.co/6axxJXsgPK
Paul Ryan, when you lie to us, yeah it's a waste of our time too https://t.co/byUPMOryod
I hope that was Paul Ryan. This is a waste of Fucking Time. Nothing is being done right now for education, infrastructure, vets NOTHING
Paul Ryan is a waste of space. https://t.co/dJqReIm7xE
Pardon my french but Paul Ryan is a waste of human life. https://t.co/MOUynd1mbZ
Guys, that wasn't Paul Ryan saying "Waste of my fucking time." It's off camera, nothing to prove, sounds too close to the camera mic.
While I don't doubt that Paul Ryan would say "waste of my fucking time" behind closed doors, I don't think that's him speaking in that clip.
guys i think paul ryan is on to something
waste their time. the more time "wasted" the less time they have to be awful bags of meat
Paul Ryan is a waste of oxygen. https://t.co/2Hg1jrOmqc
Hey Paul Ryan, if it's such a waste of your time, resign. You like the money but not the work. Well guess what, your job requires passion.
Which "journalist" said the Paul Ryan Presser was a "waste of his f***ing time?" He whispered this and mike picked it up at the end. 🤔