Ryan says Trump to lead 'unified' GOP government
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday morning assured Americans that there will be a unified Republican government going forward following Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPentagon update to missile defense doctrine will explore space-base technologies, lasers to counter threats Giuliani: 'I never said there was no collusion' between the Trump campaign and Russia Former congressmen, RNC members appointed to Trump administration roles MORE's stunning presidential victory.

Speaking from his hometown of Janesville, Wis., Ryan said he has spoken with the president-elect twice since his win, and described a positive, working relationship.


"Last night and again this morning I spoke with President-elect Donald Trump," Ryan said. "We talked about the work ahead of us and importance of bringing this country together.

“I think our relationship is fine. I think we’re going to hit the ground running. We’ve already talked about getting our transitions working together.”

Asked by a reporter if his conversation with Trump included Ryan’s Speakership fate, the Wisconsin Republican sidestepped the question and only offered that they discussed collaborating on their transition teams.
“We had great conversations about how we’d work together on the transition to make this work together. We’re trying to get our schedules lined up to meet,” Ryan said. “I’m very excited about our ability to work together.”
Ryan lavished praise on Trump's victory, which shocked Washington and the world. Polls had suggested that Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTexas man indicted over allegations he created fraudulent campaign PACs FISA shocker: DOJ official warned Steele dossier was connected to Clinton, might be biased Pompeo’s Cairo speech more ‘back to the future’ than break with past MORE enjoyed a small but persistent lead across a number of battleground states. 

Ryan, who at times has voiced public differences with Trump, called it the "most incredible political feat I’ve seen in my lifetime."

Ryan said Trump was able to reach out to people nationwide and hear voices "no one else heard."

“Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. He connected in ways with people that no one else did," Ryan said. “Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government."

Trump and his supporters at time have trained their fire on Ryan. 

Earlier this month, Trump told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly that Ryan might have to find a different position in Congress if Trump got elected. 

And on Election Day, Fox's Sean Hannity, an ally of Trump, said that Ryan should not be Speaker. 

Ryan distanced himself from Trump after a 2005 video emerged of the president-elect speaking lewdly about groping women. 

But in recent days, he campaigned with Vice President-elect Mike PenceMichael (Mike) Richard PenceTrump signs law guaranteeing back pay for federal workers Pence says 'ISIS has been defeated' hours after attack that killed US troops in Syria School where Karen Pence will teach prohibits LGBT students, faculty MORE and wrote an op-ed backing Trump's campaign. He also appeared in a video with the op-ed calling for voters to back Trump. 

Ryan urged Americans to come together after a “messy” presidential campaign and praised Trump for striking a tone of unity during his victory speech early Wednesday morning.

This story was updated at 12:30 p.m.