March 16, 2017
Washington, DC – Kendall Forward, OAN Political Correspondent
In his weekly press conference, Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan addressed concerns about wiretapping, healthcare, his relationship with the president and many more topics making headlines in Washington.
Ryan spoke briefly before moving onto questioning. For the most part he stuck to healthcare and the House Budget Act, rolled out Thursday morning.
He hailed the president’s ability to make deals, saying “The President has a connection with individuals in this country.” He called Trump Reagan-esque and denied any division between him, The President, or any other key White House players, saying “they talk constantly and are absolute partners every step of the way.”
He also added Trump’s unorthodox ways are what gets deals done; “This president is getting deeply involved he is helping bridge gaps in our conference he is a constructive force to help us get to a resolution so we get a consensus on how to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”
Last week, Ryan rolled up his sleeves and devoted the majority of his time to selling the healthcare plan, which many legislators from both parties have called “dead on arrival”.
“We feel like we are making great strides and great progress on getting a bill that can pass, because it incorporates the kinds of feedback from members from all walks of life in our conference. I have not heard from those senators,” said Ryan. “The senators who’ve been critical of the House Bill, none of them have called me. So, I’m not sure what exactly their concerns are.”
However, the speaker will have other concerns to address, as he and the president are already facing opposition from another direction — President Trump’s 2018 budget, which he asked Congress to approve Thursday morning.
The budget seeks to bolster military programs and begin building the wall along Mexico, while drastically cutting many federal agencies.