Speaker of the House Paul Ryan refuted reports that he was "furious" over President Trump's surprise budget deal with Democratic leaders on Wednesday.

"I wasn't furious," Ryan told host Martha MacCallum. "I completely understand why he was doing what he was doing."

President Trump endorsed a debt limit and hurricane relief deal proposed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Wednesday, to the chagrin of some GOP leaders.

Ryan explained that Trump wanted to make hurricane relief a bipartisan moment as well as "clear the decks" to focus on issues like tax reform.

The decision was "perfectly reasonable and rational," Ryan said.


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The speaker disagreed, however, with the short-term three-month extension of the debt ceiling in the deal.

The House leader defended his chamber's progress, calling it "extremely productive" despite setbacks like the lengthy health care debate earlier this year.

The president and speaker "talk all the time," Ryan said, confirming that the two are scheduled to have dinner Thursday night.


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