In an interview with CNBC’s John Harwood Thursday, Speaker Paul Ryan was asked to comment on working with Donald Trump should he be successful in becoming the Republican presidential nominee.
Ryan responded by saying, “We’ll make it work if it happens. I’m going to defend our ideas as the Republican party, but we’re going to have to work with whoever our nominee is.”
There have been conflicts of opinions between the Republicans in Congress and Trump on political issues, such as which steps to take to repair the Social Security and Medicare programs. According to Trump, these programs should not be cut.
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In his book titled, “Time to Get Tough”, Trump writes, “It’s not unreasonable for people who paid into a system for decades to expect to get their money’s worth — that’s not an ‘entitlement,’ that’s honoring a deal.”
Ryan maintains reforms are necessary to both programs to ensure their solvency and avoid bankruptcy.
Ryan said, “I think for younger people like myself, they’re not going to be there for my generation when we retire. You have to change these benefits to prevent them from going bankrupt.”
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In a report from Politico, Ryan was asked, how he could support Trump, considering the differences. Ryan answered, “The Republican primary voters are going to make a decision. This is not our decision to make.”
“I am speaker of the House, so I am going to keep doing what I said I am going to do,” Ryan said. “Which is when I see our principles being distorted, we are going to stand up in defense of our principles. Not just Republican principles, conservative principles, but American principles. At the same time, what can we control? We can control our agenda. That’s what we’re doing. With respect to who the nominee is going to be, that’s going to be selected by the voters.”
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