Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders

Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump walks back criticism of UK Brexit strategy | McConnell worries US in 'early stages' of trade war | US trade deficit with China hits new record MORE (R-Wis.) said Monday that the public wants to see President Trump reaching out to Democratic leaders and that negotiating with opposition is "par for the course" in Congress.

"I think Americans want their president to be talking with leaders of the other party," Ryan said at a Harley Davidson facility in Menomonee, Wis. "I think that's something people want to see."

In recent weeks, Trump made a deal on the debt limit and government funding with Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerRed-state Dem tells Schumer to 'kiss my you know what' on Supreme Court vote Dem infighting erupts over Supreme Court pick Trump's latest win: More Americans are saying, 'I quit!' MORE (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and also found common ground with them on the goal of helping young immigrants who benefit from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.


When Ryan was asked how his agenda is affected by Trump's dealmaking with Democrats, the speaker said that the bulk of legislation moves through Congress on a bipartisan basis.

"Most of the bills we pass through Congress are passed with Republican and Democratic votes and are bipartisan," he said. "It's the things that are partisan that get the most attention."

Ryan said he negotiates with Democrats "on an almost daily basis because we have to get things done on a bipartisan basis if we want to get anything done."

The Speaker said he thinks "there will be a compromise on DACA," but that agreement will need to include border-security and enforcement provisions.