Paul Ryan on His Relationship With Trump: 'We've Developed a Good Friendship'
House Speaker Paul Ryan praised President Trump and his improved relationship with the commander-in-chief Wednesday, the same day he announced he would not seek re-election next year.
Ryan (R-Wis.) told Dana Perino that his achievements in the House since Trump took office would normally take another administration years.
"We now know each other extremely well. We work very closely together. But also, all these things that we fought for are alive and well here in the House," he said.
Trump had ripped Ryan in 2016, calling him "a man who doesn't know how to win," referring to Ryan's defeat as Mitt Romney's running mate in 2012.
Another source of the pair's tumultuous history stemmed from Ryan distancing himself from Trump after the Access Hollywood tape leaked in 2016.
He also labeled Ryan as a "weak and ineffective leader."
Paul Ryan, a man who doesn't know how to win (including failed run four years ago), must start focusing on the budget, military, vets etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016
The president said Wednesday that Ryan "will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question."
Speaker Paul Ryan is a truly good man, and while he will not be seeking re-election, he will leave a legacy of achievement that nobody can question. We are with you Paul!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
Ryan credited simply communicating with the president for their improved relationship.
"It's just knowing each other," he said. "We spend a great deal of time with each other. I'm having dinner with him tonight. We speak on the phone constantly. Honestly, we've just developed a good friendship."