House Speaker Paul Ryan admitted Friday that President Trump had a rough two weeks after his decision to fire James Comey as FBI director, but said he’s confident that the president will turn things around quickly.
“He clearly did have a bad two weeks, and clearly it’s my hope that he does right the ship, that he improves so that we can just get going,” Ryan told radio host Hugh Hewitt in an interview Friday morning.
The comment came after a tumultuous two-week period that saw Comey fired and a series of damaging stories emerge in the aftermath. Those included a report saying that Trump revealed classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador last Wednesday, and that he asked Comey to stop an investigation into former national security advisor Mike Flynn.
The Wisconsin Republican insisted that those events haven’t affected the agenda on Capitol Hill, and that the House is setting its sights on tax reform after passing the American Health Care Act just over two weeks ago by a slim 217-213 margin.
While the healthcare discussion has turned to the Senate, the House has yet to formally send that bill to the upper chamber, as it waits for a final Congressional Budget Office score of the bill. That has led to reports suggesting that the House may need to vote on the American Health Care Act again.
But Ryan poured cold water on that idea, and said the House hasn’t sent it to the Senate out of “an abundance of caution.”
“No, we don’t think that’s the case,” Ryan said, responding to a report in Bloomberg on the possibility. “It’s a technical nonissue is what it is. We’re just, out of an abundance of caution, we’re waiting to send the bill to the Senate.”
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