Vice President Mike Pence said he and President Trump want House Speaker Paul Ryan to stay put, amid rumors he may retire by the end of 2018, because Republicans are "just getting started" after Congress passed a massive tax overhaul bill.
He was asked about it by Fox News' Laura Ingraham in an interview that is set to air in its entirety tonight on the "Ingraham Angle."
"I think the result of this tax cut really speaks for itself," Pence replied. "And the president and I hold Speaker Ryan in the highest regard and want him to stay in the Congress and continue to lead Congress, because we’re really just getting started."
"We're really just getting started."
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Last week reports indicated that Ryan was telling people close to him that he would depart Congress next year after the tax reform fight and with the 2018 midterms looming.
However, Ryan himself laughed off the suggestion, setting his sights on welfare reform and healthcare.
The White House too dismissed the rumors. “The president did speak to the speaker not too long ago and made sure that the Speaker knew very clearly and in no uncertain terms that if that news was true, he was very unhappy with it,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters during a White House press briefing last week. “The speaker assured the president those were not accurate reports and that they look forward to working together for a long time to come.”
Republicans in the House and Senate cleared the final hurdle to pass the major tax overhaul Wednesday morning — no Democrats in either chamber supported it — and Ryan, along with other Republican lawmakers, joined Trump at the White House to celebrate the legislative victory.
Speaking to crowd, Ryan credited Trump's "exquisite presidential leadership" for helping guide the tax reform bill through Congress over the past several months.
The bill now awaits Trump's signature.