In an interview with CBS News anchor Scott Pelley, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan sang a much different tune about Donald Trump than he did during the contentious presidential campaign.
Paul Ryan had all but aligned himself with the Never Trump crowd, even signaling at one point that he would throw his own hat in the ring when things weren’t going well for the establishment-selected candidates. He had called out Trump on multiple occasions for “racist” remarks and lewd comments demeaning women.
It was right after Trump’s election victory that people saw a completely different side to Paul Ryan. When he hated Trump, Ryan was also concerned about his own political relationships and his constituency. After Trump won handily, Ryan knew that not supporting the new President-elect would hurt him politically. So, now he’s got to spin his previously abrasive relationship with Trump as water under the bridge.
Scott Pelley: You called Donald Trump a racist.
Paul Ryan: No, I didn’t. I said his comment was.
Scott Pelley: Well, I’m not sure there’s a great deal of daylight between those two definitions. But he definitely called you ineffective and disloyal. Have you patched it up?
Paul Ryan: Yeah, we have. We’re fine. We’re not looking back. We’re looking forward. We– we actually– we’ve had– we– like I said, we speak about every day. And it’s not about looking for– back in the past. That’s behind us. We’re way beyond that.
Scott Pelley: Did you believe he could be nominated? Really?
Paul Ryan: Yeah, no, I didn’t see this one coming. He knows that. Donald Trump’s a very– he was a very unconventional candidate. He’s going to be an unconventional president. What I like about it, in my, like I said, almost daily conversations, is he’s just a get-things-done kinda guy.
Scott Pelley: Have you told him being president is not being CEO of the United States, that the Congress is going to have a say?
Paul Ryan: Oh, we’ve talked about that extensively. We’ve talked about– the Constitution, Article I on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that– that, under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the Legislative Branch of government. And we want to reset the balance of power, so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.
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