Paul Ryan Views Trump As 'A Man of Action,'Ready to Get Working'

By Susan Jones | November 11, 2016 | 7:14am EST
President-elect Donald Trump, his wife Melania, his running mate Gov. Mike Pence, and House Speaker Paul Ryan discuss the transition at a meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. (Screen shot from video posted at Ryan's website)

( - "Look, I can tell you what I got out of Donald Trump today is, this is a man of action," House Speaker Paul Ryan told Fox News Thursday night, hours after hosting a "working lunch" for the president-elect and his wife Melania.

 "He is ready to get working. He wants to get it done for the country. It's really, really exciting," Ryan said. "We're already talking about, you know, how to execute plans, how to get the transition working, how to make 2017 a success for the American people that just asked him to be president of the United States."

According to Ryan, any differences he had with Trump during the campaign are over: "Look, the past is the past," he said. "And look, this was an unconventional year. He was an unconventional candidate. But the point is, we unified, especially at the right time at the end. And it worked."

Ryan said he gives Trump all the credit for tapping into "a movement out there," resulting in "one of the most impressive political feats I have seen in my lifetime."

"And so what we got from our president-elect today is let's go now execute. Let's go get these things done."

Ryan mentioned regulations: "This about the out-of-work coal workers, think about the out-of-work timber workers in the West. Think about the ranchers who are getting hit by the Interior Department. Think about all these regulations that Obama is planning on rolling out that will put a wet rag, a dark cloud, on our economy. It's being lifted.

"Donald Trump's election right there, just from regulations, helps save millions of jobs, helps the economy. And that's before we even get going on passing a legislative agenda to get people back to work to fix our country's problems. So we're all very excited about getting to work on this."

Asked what legislation will be at the top of the heap, Ryan said, "That's what a transition is for. We basically started that discussion today. Mike Pence knows House Republicans and Senate Republicans extremely well. So he is working with us as well...So that's exactly what we're going to be working on in the coming weeks and months about how to sequence the kinds of reforms to make good on the campaign promises that Donald Trump made that he is serious about and to pass an agenda to get this country back on track."

Ryan said "absolutely," Obamacare is a priority: "We want to go big. We want to go bold. We want to do everything we said we would do. Obamacare is failing. So it has to get replaced quickly. That's clearly high on our list. So is tax reform. So is securing the border.

"There are all these things that we know we need to do. And now we're going through sort of the nitty-gritty details about how to get these things done in 2017."

Ryan said he and Trump "are on the same page" about replacing Obamacare and "securing the border."

Ryan said border security is first. Asked about deportation, Ryan said, "I think right now we want to secure the border. And that is really first -- the first priority."

And what about that wall TRump has promised to build? "I do believe that you have to have physical barriers on the border. I will defer to the experts on the border as to what is the right way to actually secure the border," Ryan said.

"Remember, it's not just border security. You have to have interior enforcement. You have to have a visa tracking system. You have to have what we call e-verify so someone can't steal another person's identity to get a job illegally.

"So on border security, on interior enforcement, this is something that all Republicans agree needs to be addressed. It's something that Donald Trump ran on. And that means securing the border and we're going to do whatever it takes to do that."

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