ON “CBS THIS MORNING,” HOUSE SPEAKER PAUL RYAN SAYS: “WE NEED MORE MINORITIES, MORE WOMEN IN OUR PARTY”
Speaker Paul Ryan gave his first broadcast interview since announcing his retirement from Congress to CBS THIS MORNING co-host Gayle King. The interview was broadcast live from the Speaker’s Ceremonial Office in Washington today on CBS THIS MORNING. Speaker Ryan discussed what went into his decision to retire, what he is proudest of, his relationship with President Trump, his plans for the future and more. Below are videos of the interview, excerpts and transcript.
- On what he is proudest of as he gets ready to retire: “A bulk of work which advanced a political philosophy that brings more growth and opportunity to focus on the American idea.”
- On whether Rep. Steve Scalise is his leading choice for Speaker of the House: “I’m not going to get into those issues. I’ll probably have more to say about that pretty soon.”
- On if President Trump should fire special counsel Robert Mueller: “I think Bob Mueller and the career professionals at the DOJ should be left to do their jobs.”
- Responding to King’s comment of feeling “excluded” when looking at celebratory photographs from his dinner with President Trump and Republican congressional leadership last night: “I don’t like that you feel that way. We need more minorities, more women in our party.”
- On his dialogue with the president: “I always act in a way that I think is in the best interest of the country to move us forward. I’ve always found, especially with my relationship with the president, we have a very good candid dialogue, and I find it’s better to talk to the president instead of talk about the president on the TV and on media.”
- On if “Trump fatigue” in any way played a role in this: “No, the other factor is, I feel like I’ve gotten most done what I wanted to do… I’ve been working on tax reform since I got here. We got that done….”