PHILADELPHIA — Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday downplayed President Trump’s headline-grabbing tweets and media interviews, saying they are working closely with the new president and are on the “same page” with his administration.
 
“This is going to be an unconventional presidency,” Ryan told reporters at the joint House-Senate GOP retreat, with McConnell standing by his side. 
 
“We’re going to see unconventional activities like tweets and things like that, and I think that’s something we’re all going to have to get used to.”
 
{mosads}Added McConnell: “I don’t tend to be reacting to daily comments. What the Speaker has done, which I entirely concur with and the administration is on board with, is to lay out a game plan through the August recess of what we’ll try to accomplish.
 
“For myself, I intend to stick to the plan.”
 
Some rank-and-file Republicans have been concerned that Trump’s over-the-top words during his first week as commander in chief have distracted the GOP from tackling issues important to voters. 
 
On Twitter this week, Trump called for a major federal investigation into voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election. The draft of an executive order shows the Trump administration may reinstate a CIA program to keep terror suspects in overseas prisons known as black sites.
 
And on Thursday, Trump again took to Twitter, threatening to cancel his upcoming meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto if Mexico doesn’t pay billions for a border wall separating the two countries.
 
Asked if Trump should tone down his rhetoric to preserve the U.S. relationship with its southern neighbor, McConnell replied: “I don’t have any advice to give to the president.”
 
“I think we’ll be fine,” Ryan chimed in about U.S.-Mexico relations. 
 
“We’re working with president on a daily basis. We are on the same page with the administration,” the Speaker said. “And we’ve worked with the administration on the time table and the legislative agenda we have for 2017.”
 
Both Trump and Vice President Pence are set to address Republicans at the Philadelphia retreat on Thursday afternoon.
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