Trump Met With Ryan, McConnell at Capitol Hill
President-elect comes to Washington.
After his meeting with President Barack Obama, President-elect Donald Trump drove down to Capitol Hill to meet with Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:
“I think we’re going to do some absolutely spectacular things for the American people,” Trump said, sitting next to Ryan at a conference table in the Capitol. “We can’t get started fast enough.” After meeting with McConnell, Trump said his top priorities were immigration and border security, addressing health care and “big-league jobs.”
Ryan said it was “a fantastic, productive meeting” with Trump. McConnell said, “He’s anxious to get going and so are we.” All three men declined to answer any questions from reporters.
Melania Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence joined Trump.
His declarations presaged an ambitious agenda on Capitol Hill for Republicans that will likely include repealing Obamacare, rewriting the tax code and confirming a new Supreme Court nominee. Trump is itching to get things done and several times on Thursday made it clear he won’t be pursuing a cautious agenda. And Ryan and McConnell, for their part, seemed to agree, with the speaker boasting of efforts to “hit the ground running to get this country turned around.”
“Quite frankly we can’t get started fast enough… whether it’s on healthcare or immigration so many different things. We’re going to lower taxes, so many different things we are going to be working on,” he told reporters.
The two dined at Capitol Hill Club and then stopped at Ryan’s Speaker office, which overlooks the National Mall and where the country will inaugurate Trump. Ryan also pointed out the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Ryan told reporters that he enjoyed the meeting:
For his part, Ryan is already adopting Trump’s language with a vow Thursday to “make America great again.”
“Donald Trump had one of the most impressive victories we have ever seen,” Ryan told reporters, according to the pool report.
“We’re going to turn that victory into progress for the American people, and we are now talking about how we are going to hit the ground running to get this country turned around and make America great again.”
After lunch, he met with McConnell. Pence left early to meet with Vice President Joe Biden. McConnell called it a “first-class meeting.“
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Ryan looks very happy. Maybe he will return to the conservative leader he once was before he came under the spell of the beltway.
Okay, one can hope against hope sometimes.
Ryan’s been taking a bunch of unfair hits for the fact that Congress has had no teeth in recent years.
I suspect he’s going to look *a lot* better to conservatives two years from now.
The Cowardly Ryan is the wrong man at the wrong time.
The Grotesque McConnell is even worse. No one nationally wants either one of these bums.
We can only hope Donald still holds grudges, with these two unr3eliable clowns on the receiving end.
Two notes / observations:
Sen. McConnell has GOT to go. He is a ridiculously ineffective “leader” (if such a term may be associated with him). The Senate needs a “firebrand” who will go out every day and loudly and forcefully defend Conservative principles. McConnell’s soft-spoken wishy-washiness has been a critical failure.
I’m hearing rumors that Paul Ryan is done as Speaker of the House and that he will be fielding a challenge from Kevin McCarthy. I think that is a bad plan. While McCarthy was a Trump supporter, he is still heavily in the pocket of the “establishment” group.
An observation to President-Elect Trump(Begin SHOUTING, because this is THAT IMPORTANT):
THERE IS NOTHING THAT REQUIRES THAT THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE BE A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!!!!!
What President-Elect Trump should do is find someone who is a specialist in managing a high-pressure multi-departmental business model and propose HIM OR HER as the Speaker.
That photo can’t be real – Mike Pence almost appears to be smiling!
So Ryan is on board with Trump’s 100 day plan which includes the wall, the muslim ban, redoing NATO and NAFTA, 45% tariff on chinese goods, and hmm, what’s this last one? Oh right, term limits for members of congress.
Rags, is that you?
What are you, drunk…???
My mistake. tyates actually spelled Trump’s name correctly and didn’t call anybody an idiot or moron. Sorry.
Hey, I haven’t called you an idiot or moron lately.
There’s no use in gilding the lily. Everyone knows all that already.
Ryan was positively giddy today. I believe they will work on healthcare, border security, immigration enforcement, eliminating regulations, energy independence and jobs/taxes.
The Muslim ban was dropped. Extreme vetting replaced it.Your tariff number is wrong. NATO has already signaled to Trump they would be open to altering their mission, and both Canada and Mexico has already come on board with a restructuring/renegotiation of NAFTA.
Oh and the Supreme Court Justice nominee will be offered.
the voters already hold the card for term limits ….
they just have to use it ….
Tell that to Chris McDaniel who ran against Thad Cochran in Mississippi in 2014. The GOPe poured money and despicable dirty tricks into the campaign to insure Cochran won by any means.
The problem is money and the GOPe has it.
McConnell is irrelevant now. Can the Senate please get a new majority leader?
As disgusting in character as he is to look at.
Ryan and McConnell…
Well, maybe, if Dad is there to watch their every move…
But after what we have been witness to, it is hard to square any consideration of keeping them around.
They better not blow it. This is no time to go lame.
We need some boys that play hard-ball, and just don’t care about feelings.
Remember what Obama ( The snot ) said?
” I won ”
We need to send a bit of that back. A great big bit.
Trump needs to keep a very close eye on both of these two faced losers. They will turn on him in a heartbeat.