Speaker Paul Ryan: Trump's win an "incredible victory"

Ryan says country must come together
Posted at 11:11 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 20:46:01-05

Donald Trump will be our 45th president. He will work with a Republican Senate and a Republican House of Representatives.

House Speaker Paul Ryan talked about Republicans controlling both the executive and legislative branches of government on Wednesday.

Speaker Ryan praised President-elect Trump despite a tense and often rocky relationship. Ryan said the two have talked twice and plan to meet soon to talk about the transition.

Ryan said now is the time for redemption and not recrimination.

"Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard," he said.

Even Speaker Ryan seemed surprised by Trump's victory based on pre-election polls across the country and right here in Wisconsin.

"This is an enormous feat," Ryan said. "You saw the Marquette poll. We didn't think it could happen. Donald Trump turned this on its head."

Ryan knows the country remains sharply divided. The nationwide popular vote was virtually a tie, but Trump's hurtful comments about women, Hispanics and Muslims have many worried and fearful.

Ryan was asked how President Trump will reach out to those who think he will be not their president.

"I think after a tough campaign, where people believe they were pitching so hard for one side or the together, the time is to heal and unify," Ryan said.

With Republicans holding the House and Senate, and now the White House, Ryan believes they have a mandate for change on many fronts.

"There is relief coming. This is good for our country," Ryan said. "This means we can lift the oppressive weight of the regulatory state we can restore the constitution."

Speaker Ryan credited Trump with setting the right conciliatory tone in his first speech as president-elect.