Speaker Paul Ryan talks Trump during Wisconsin visit

Ryan: I'll let the president defend his tweets
Posted at 7:45 PM, May 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-12 20:45:16-04

House Speaker Paul Ryan was peppered with questions about President Donald Trump's arguably threatening tweet toward fired FBI director James Comey Friday.

Ryan was in Delavan Friday touring Geneva Supply.

"I haven't seen them all to be candid," Ryan said. "I'll leave the President to talk about and defend his tweets. I'm focusing on what's in my control. What Congress is doing to solve problems."

Trump, in an apparent warning to his fired FBI director, said Friday that James Comey had better hope there are no "tapes" of their conversations. Trump's tweet came the morning after he asserted Comey had told him three times that he wasn't under FBI investigation.

Ryan also spoke with high school students interested in business. He told the students to base their arguments off of reason and not emotion in the business field. However, Ryan says he hasn't shared the same advice with Trump.

"I can control my actions and comments and it's important to lead with example," Ryan said. "Each of us have our own obligations to conduct ourselves the way we see fit. [The President and I] talk all the time about policy not about style."

While he wouldn't comment Trump's tweet, Ryan did say it's now about looking forward.

"No one is disputing the fact the President can hire or fire an FBI Director," Ryan said. "He made that decision. We need to make sure there is a qualified and capable person to take over the FBI. I'm working on healthcare reform, tax reform, things I got elected to do."

When speaking of the investigation into collusion between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign, Ryan said there are "no allegations there has been collusion." He said the investgation should go where the facts may lead.

Ryan also touched on healthcare reform, and feels they're headed in the right direction.

"The goals are pretty clear," Ryan said. "The goals meant to be achieved with Obamacare were not met. Remember, Obama said if you like your plan you can keep it? It will bring premiums down $2,500? None of those things happened. The law is collapsing."

There were a handful of protesters outside of Geneva Supply, some with signs asking for a face-to-face town hall with the Speaker. Ryan has been criticized for not holding these kinds of town halls in his district. On Friday, Democrat Marc Pocan of the District 2, which neighbors Ryan's district, held a town hall in Kenosha, right in the heart of District 1.

Ryan says he has no response to Pocan holding the town hall in his conference and feels his constituents are getting enough time to be heard.

"I'm doing it in different ways," Ryan said. "I can get to constituents and not just people coming out of state by doing telephone town halls, going to places of employment, doing office hours. There are a lot of ways I'm interacting with constituents rather than creating other disturbances."

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