Ryan says he's helped avoid tragedies in Trump presidency

Ryan says he's helped avoid tragedies in Trump presidency
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanTwitter joins Democrats to boost mail-in voting — here's why Lobbying world John Ratcliffe is the right choice for director of national intelligence — and for America MORE (R-Wis.) says in a new interview that he has prevented “tragedies” since President TrumpDonald John TrumpMinneapolis erupts for third night, as protests spread, Trump vows retaliation Stocks open mixed ahead of Trump briefing on China The island that can save America MORE took office last year.

“I can look myself in the mirror at the end of the day and say I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy, I avoided that tragedy,” Ryan told The New York Times in a piece published Tuesday.

“I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal, I advanced this goal.”


Ryan declined to offer specific examples of "tragedies" he has handled, telling the newspaper, “No, I don’t want to do that. That’s more than I usually say.”

The Speaker's office declined to provide any additional information on his comment to The Hill.

Ryan has made a series of public statements tempering Trump's remarks since he took office, including addressing concerns that Trump could fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Ryan said in March that he had “received assurances” that Trump was not considering firing Mueller amid mounting speculation the president could dismiss the person leading the probe into ties between Trump campaign officials and Russia.

Ryan, who is retiring after this Congress, has also pushed back on Trump's trade moves, urging the president to adopt more targeted actions instead of sweeping tariffs.