Pelosi says she was 'busy doing other things' during Ryan farewell speech

House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump Democrats open door to repealing ObamaCare tax in spending talks Sunday talk shows: Lawmakers gear up ahead of Monday's House Judiciary hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said Thursday that she didn't hear Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE's (R-Wis.) farewell speech on Wednesday because she "was busy doing other things."

“This may come as a shock to you, but I was busy doing other things at the time. I wish him well as he goes forward," she said when asked at a news conference what she made of Ryan's remarks.

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"I did not really have a chance to go to the speech and hear what he had to say, but I wish him and his family season’s greetings and best wishes for a wonderful future," Pelosi added.

Pelosi will likely be elected the next Speaker after the new Congress takes office in January. 

Ryan, who is retiring at the end of the year, gave his farewell address on Wednesday from the Library of Congress.

During his address, Ryan said that the country's problems are solvable if "politics will allow it."

"Our complex problems are solvable," Ryan said. "That is to say, our problems are solvable if our politics will allow it."