Paul Ryan says Ocasio-Cortez didn't really listen 'to a thing I said' when he offered her advice

Former Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDemocratic super PAC quotes Reagan in anti-Trump ad set to air on Fox News: 'Are you better off?' Trump lashes out at Reagan Foundation after fundraising request The Memo: Trump's grip on GOP loosens as polls sink MORE (R-Wis.) said Tuesday that he doesn't believe freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez,200 may be enough in Mitch McConnell's hometown of Louisville, but not in most US cities Democrats go big on diversity with new House recruits Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (D-N.Y.) listened much to the advice he gave her about being one of the youngest members of the House.

In an interview Tuesday night at the annual dinner for Forward Janesville, a community organization based in his hometown, Ryan quipped that he thought Ocasio-Cortez had ignored his advice while revealing that he had met the New York congresswoman after her election victory last year.

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"I talked to her, AOC — everybody calls her AOC ... She's the youngest person now there. I gave her just a few little tips on just being a good member of Congress, new. I don't think she really listened to a thing I said," Ryan said, to laughter from the audience.

"Take it easy, just watch things for a while, don't ruffle any — see how it works first," he added of the advice he gave to Ocasio-Cortez.

When Ryan was elected, he was the second-youngest member of the House. Ocasio-Cortez is currently the youngest House member.

The former Wisconsin congressman left Congress in January after declining to stand for reelection last November. His exit from Congress coincided with the return of the Speaker's gavel to Democrats for the first time in years.

Ocasio-Cortez has been vocal in the past about her opposition to Ryan's economic policies, which she attacked in December while accusing members of the media of playing along with a crafted image of himself that Ryan had produced.

"Double standards are Paul Ryan being elected at 28 and immediately being given the benefit of his ill-considered policies considered genius; and me winning a primary at 28 to immediately be treated with suspicion & scrutinized, down to my clothing, of being a fraud," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted last year.