Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) appeared on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Friday to discuss the potential of the GOP losing its House majority after the 2018 midterm elections, saying: “Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah is what I say about that stuff.”
Ryan told the conservative radio talk show host, “Look, this is what I call the white noise of Washington-Beltway media.”
Despite the onslaught of reports surfacing that Trump allegedly divulged classified information to Russian officials during an Oval Office meeting and reports swirling over private conversations between Trump and then-FBI Director James Comey, Ryan maintained that Republicans are forging ahead with their healthcare and tax reform agendas.
“He clearly did have a bad two weeks,” Ryan admitted.
He then reassured Hewitt that the White House would continue to be involved and that the GOP planned to get legislation passed.
“We’re still working with the administration, getting our work done, so it’s not as if like things stop and we wait for better news stories,” Ryan said. “We don’t. We keep working, and so that’s what people need to know, is we’re still doing our jobs, we’re still doing our work, we’re still going to deliver.”
When Hewitt pressed him on whether he believed in a 2017 timeline for tax cuts given the recent upsets in the White House, Ryan responded: “Yes, yes, yes. Emphatically. Look, if anything, it gets us more focused on doing our jobs, because we want the country to be assured that Congress is still working on solving their problems.”
Here is a partial transcript of their conversation:
HEWITT: Now because of President Trump’s troubles, the mainstream media is out there blocking and tackling for ranking Minority Leader Pelosi suggesting a wave election is coming your way, that your majority is at risk. What do you make of that?
RYAN: Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah is what I say about that stuff. Look, this is what I call the white noise of Washington-Beltway media. We’re busy doing our work. We’re busy, I mean, just this week, we moved law enforcement legislation with police week to give them the tools they need to keep us safe. We put new sanctions on Syria. We improved Will Hurd’s federal information technology reform legislation, which will streamline government. Ways and Means did hearings on tax reform. The Education Workforce Committee put a bill out to close the skills gap so that people can get technical education. Mack Thornberry is working on his 3rd installment of streamlining Pentagon bureaucracy and procurement reforms. Veterans Affairs approved 11 bills. I mean, I can keep going if you want me to, and the 14th Congressional Review Act was signed into law this week. Nobody did anything in the press about those things. This Congressional Review Act, where you rescind recent regulations, in this case, from the Obama legislation, this tool was used once in history rescinding regulations. We’ve done it 14 times in four months just this year alone. So that’s what we’re working on.
Ryan’s spokeswoman AshLee Strong took to Twitter to comment on his “blah, blah, blah” remark: “I didn’t give him that talking point, but I’m good with it.”
I didn’t give him that talking point, but I’m good with it. https://t.co/xIDfRAKow8
— AshLee Strong (@AshLeeStrong) May 19, 2017
H/T: The Hill
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