Ryan says Trump to lead 'unified' GOP government
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanNo time for the timid: The dual threats of progressives and Trump Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' MORE (R-Wis.) on Wednesday morning assured Americans that there will be a unified Republican government going forward following Donald TrumpDonald TrumpOmar, Muslim Democrats decry Islamophobia amid death threats On The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Trump cheers CNN's Cuomo suspension 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.

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"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 ClintonCountering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves Poll: Democracy is under attack, and more violence may be the future 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 PencePence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Jan. 6 panel releases contempt report on Trump DOJ official ahead of censure vote Pence calls for Roe v. Wade to be sent to 'ash heap of history' ahead of abortion ruling 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.