Ryan: 'We are exactly on track'

Ryan: 'We are exactly on track'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRepublicans are avoiding gun talks as election looms The Hill's 12:30 Report Flake to try to force vote on DACA stopgap plan MORE (R-Wis.) says President TrumpDonald John TrumpAccuser says Trump should be afraid of the truth Woman behind pro-Trump Facebook page denies being influenced by Russians Shulkin says he has White House approval to root out 'subversion' at VA MORE and GOP lawmakers in Congress are "exactly on track" to accomplish their agenda for Trump's first 200 days in office.

“We’re working on the same plan,” Ryan said during an interview airing Thursday evening on Fox News's "Hannity."

"What I did during the transition with my counterpart in the Senate, Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellLawmakers feel pressure on guns Bipartisan group of House lawmakers urge action on Export-Import Bank nominees Curbelo Dem rival lashes out over immigration failure MORE, is we put together a 200-day plan for the president to get this agenda that we all have agreed on, through the system. And we are exactly on track and on our timeline with our agenda," Ryan said.

The GOP leader's comments came hours after Trump helmed a sprawling press conference at the White House during which he slammed media coverage of several controversies surrounding his administration and dismissed reports of turmoil.


Trump insisted that his administration was "running like a fine-tuned machine" and called last month's rocky rollout of his travel ban "perfect." Trump also defended his decision Monday to fire his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after reports that Flynn misled senior White House officials about a phone call with Russia's U.S. ambassador.

Despite the media spectacle, Ryan argued that Trump has been refreshing to conservatives who could not accomplish their goals under former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaOvernight Energy: Dems ask Pruitt to justify first-class travel | Obama EPA chief says reg rollback won't stand | Ex-adviser expects Trump to eventually rejoin Paris accord Overnight Regulation: Trump to take steps to ban bump stocks | Trump eases rules on insurance sold outside of ObamaCare | FCC to officially rescind net neutrality Thursday | Obama EPA chief: Reg rollback won't stand Ex-US ambassador: Mueller is the one who is tough on Russia MORE.

“He likes getting stuff done, and I love that about him," Ryan said.

"We’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Those of who have been conservatives pent up here fighting the Obama administration, the progressive left, he is a conservative and he is ready to take on these challenges, so that is what I’m excited about. He moves so fast that people are scrambling to catch up.”

Ryan said the GOP is not rethinking its pledge to repeal and replace ObamaCare, adding Trump’s new Health and Human Services secretary, Tom Price, will help them tackle the healthcare law.

“The plan … is repeal and replace this law like we said. We ran on a plan to repeal and replace. Tom Price helped write that plan. He is now Donald Trump’s secretary of Health.”

Trump and GOP leaders on Capitol Hill have promised that 2017 will bring the repeal and replacement of ObamaCare, a long-awaited overhaul of the tax code and funding for a physical wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

But Trump’s agenda with the first GOP-led Congress in a decade is moving slower than anticipated since his Jan. 20 inauguration, with Trump blasting Democrats for slowing the confirmation of his Cabinet nominees and the White House struggling with its message.