British and American voters have called for "a renewal of first principles" through their votes in favor of Brexit and President Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan suggested while traveling in Europe this week.
"Our countries have voted for sweeping change," Ryan said Wednesday. "Some try to say too much change. But if anything, we are seeing a renewal of first principles, of people reasserting their right of self-determination against arrogant and paternalistic elites. As President Trump has said, 'the forgotten men and women ... will be forgotten no longer.'"
Ryan's remarks were delivered just as British Prime Minister Theresa May called for parliamentary elections that she hopes will lead to the defeat of lawmakers who are resisting her Brexit agenda.
"Times like these call for bold leadership, and Theresa May is certainly setting the standard," Ryan said. "Ultimately, it is up to the British people to decide their political future, as only they can. And honestly, as my colleagues can attest, we Americans have enough on our plate ... so I will simply say good luck and please know that no matter the outcome, the United States will proudly stand by your new government."
Ryan's comments also come just months after he said he wouldn't defend Trump during the election in light of the lewd comments against women that Trump made in a video released during the campaign. Since Trump's election, however, the new president and Ryan have worked closely to secure passage of a bill to repeal Obamacare, a project they are still expected to be working on when lawmakers return from the Easter break.