House Speaker Paul D. Ryan is ready to get to work with president-elect Donald Trump and said those who fear the incoming administration need to “relax and take a deep breath.”
Ryan said Monday that he is not surprised people were taken aback by Trump’s election but he dismissed the idea that voters should be concerned about the kind of policies the new administration might enact.
“There is a lot of hysteria and hyperbole,” Ryan said during an interview with his hometown radio station, 1380 BIG AM radio. “I would tell people to just relax, things are going to be fine.”
Ryan’s comments come as thousands of protesters have gathered in daily demonstrations in cities across the country, including a gathering of more than 2,000 near Trump tower in Manhattan on Saturday. Radio host Stan Milam asked Ryan what advice he would give to people who are anxious “about what a Trump administration is going to look like, what will be some of the courses of action the president elect will take once he is sworn in.”
Ryan dismissed the concerns and said he is focused on working with Trump to enact elements of the House GOP agenda the speaker helped craft earlier this year. He said the pair have spoken nearly every day since the election and he is confident in Trump’s approach.
“We are talking about how best to execute this agenda,” Ryan said. “Look at the victory speech he made the night of the election, extremely magnanimous, very presidential.”