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  House Speaker Paul Ryan Briefs Reporters on Meeting with Donald Trump  CSPAN  May 13, 2016 12:15am-12:38am EDT

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not say if he will be endorsing mr. trump. speaker ryan spoke to reporters at his weekly news briefing at the capital. speaker ryan: good afternoon -- excuse me, good morning. right now, more americans die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car accidents. let me say that again. we have got more of our fellow citizens dying every year from drug overdoses than they do of car accidents. today, the house continues to work on legislation to address the heroin and opioid epidemic across this country. for those of you who were at our press conference yesterday, you heard from susan brooks and bob dold, authors of two of these initiatives. all told, by the end of this week, we are acting on 18 bills to deal with this.
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i'll actually be signing one of them today, s. 32, the transnational drug trafficking act. this allows prosecutors to go after drug traffickers in foreign countries, if we believe their drugs will make it to our shores. so, that is going to the president's desk today. but one reason we call this a epidemic is because it cuts across all demographics. it affects families everywhere in america. take youth athletes. youth athletes get injured, and then they are prescribed medication. before they know it, they are on the path to dependency and addiction. yesterday, we passed a bill that introduced by pat meehan of pennsylvania to help families and students deal with these dangers. you can also be born with a dependency. this is the saddest story of them all. that actually happens every 25 minutes in this country. these babies struggle to eat or even breathe. yesterday, we passed a bill introduced by evan jenkins of west virginia to help protect
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infants and make sure they get a healthy start. the next step here is that we'll make sure we take all of these bills we are passing out of the house and go to a conference committee with the senate. then, we intend to send the bill to the president's desk. and i hope each and every one of you will be back here when we sign this bill. this opioid epidemic is something we have to get on top of. i'm very proud of the republicans and democrats that have come together to address this situation, because it is really about people's lives. it is about whole communities that are being torn apart. and i believe we can win this fight, and we must. questions? chad. reporter: i have been reading the joint statement you and mr. trump put out a couple minutes ago. i know it is the first meeting. but there is a lot out of this statement, that you just want to beat hillary clinton. speaker ryan: that is true. reporter: but that can't be the only point of unity. you are having trouble passing the budget here in the house. what makes you think you can get onboard with some of the things
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donald trump is talking about when it comes to policy? rep. ryan: let me say this. i think we had an encouraging meeting. look, it's no secret that donald trump and i have our differences. we talked about those differences today. that's common knowledge. the question is, what do we need to do to unify the republican party and all strains of conservative wings in the party? we had a very good and encouraging productive conversation on just how to do that. it was important that we discuss our differences that we have, but it's also important that we discussed the core principles that tie us all together. principles like the constitution, the separation of powers, and the fact that we have an executive that is going way beyond the boundaries of the constitution, and how it's important to us that we restore article 1 of the constitution. it's the principle of self-government. we talked about life, and how strongly we feel about this core principle. we talked about the supreme court, and things like this. i was very encouraged with what i heard from donald trump today. i do believe that we are now
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planting the seeds to get ourselves unified, to bridge the gaps and differences, and so from here we are going to go deeper into the policy areas to see where that common ground and is, and how we can make sure that we are operating off the same core principles. and so, yes, our first meeting. i was very encouraged with this meeting, but this is a process. it takes a little time. you don't put it together in 45 minutes. so, that is why we had, like i said, a very good start to a process on how we unify. reporter: you don't think it's an issue of -- speaker ryan: jonathan. reporter: i read that statement as well. i'm still a little confused. are you endorsing donald trump? if you're not, what is holding you back? and do you really have a choice? you ruled out voting for hillary clinton, endorsing her -- speaker ryan: the process of unifying the republican party, which just finished a primary about a week ago, perhaps one of the most divisive primaries in memory, takes some time.
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look, there are people who are for donald trump, ted cruz, or john kasich, marco rubio, and everybody else. it's very important that we don't fake unifying, we don't pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify, so that we are full-strength in the fall. i don't want us to have a fake unification process here. i want to make sure that we really, truly understand each other, and that we are committed to the conservative principles that make the republican party, that built this country, and again, i'm very encouraged. i heard a lot of good things from our presumptive nominee, and we exchanged differences of opinion on a number of things that, you know, everybody knows we have. there are policy disputes that we will have. there's no two ways about it. plenty of republicans disagree with one another on policy disputes. but on core principles, those are the kinds of things we discussed. again, i am encouraged. craig? reporter: do you expect to endorse him? speaker ryan: yeah, i think this is going in a positive direction, and i think this is a
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first very encouraging meeting. again, in 45 minutes you don't litigate all of the process and issues and principles that we are talking about. i didn't catch that. reporter: yeah, can you offer any assurances he would change or moderate his tone on the campaign? speaker ryan: i think it's important that the kind of conversation we had is between the two of us. no offense, but i don't want to litigate our conversation through the media, because i think when you're beginning to get to know someone, you have a good conversation of trust between each other. so, i want to keep the things we discussed between the two of us because they were very important and they were personal, in some senses. that means we talked about what it takes to unify, where our differences were, and how we can bridge these gaps going forward, so that we are strong as a party going into the fall. reporter: did mr. trump reiterate his desire to you as the chairman of the convention in cleveland, and is that a role you still want? speaker ryan: he did. i am the speaker of the house. i a happy to serve in this
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capacity at the chair of our convention, if our nominee wants us to do so. the delegates technically make that decision, but i would honor the decision of our presumptive nominee. he did express that interest. to what extent do you think he hopes to reduce the size of government, and what did you think of his personality? i thought he had a very good personality. he's a very warm and genuine person. like i said, i met him for 30 seconds in 2012. we really don't know each other. and we started to get to know each other. i actually had a very pleasant exchange with him. that's point number one. point number two, look, there are just things we really believe in as conservatives. we believe in limited government. we believe in the constitution. we believe in the proper role of the differences in the separation of powers. we believe in things like life. i know we are -- not everyone is pro-choice in our party. and we accept all comers. but we are a majority pro-life party.
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and these are things that are important to us. so, we had a good exchange of views on these kinds of issues. i think he's having the same conversation with the right now. our leaders met with him and everybody expressed opinions and exchanged ideas. and so, the point of this is, i think we are off to an encouraging start. it is important that we get ourselves to full strength, so we can win in the fall because the stakes could not be higher. but it takes more than 45 minutes. reporter: you're someone who has committed -- speaker ryan: we discussed those issues at great detail. reporter: mr. speaker, you have defined modern conservatism along the lines of entitlement reform, pro-trade, and immigration built on the muslim ban and dealing with the issue comprehensively, those who are -- comprehensively for those who are not muslims. when you say few problems, aren't you papering over these rather sizable differences in not only how conservatism is defined broadly, but how you have tried to define it with this house conference? speaker ryan: i am a wing of the conservative party, you could
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say. he's bringing a whole new wing. he's bringing new voters we never had, for decades. that is a positive thing. the point is, can we agree on the common core principle that unites all of us? we will have policy disputes. there is no two ways about that. all republicans -- mitt romney and i didn't agree on everything in 2012. so, we will have policy disputes. i'm not interested in litigating the past. i'm interested in going forward and seeing where that common ground exists, to make sure we can have a unified republican party that, yes, there will be different republicans that have different views on various policy ideas. the question is, can we unify on common core principles that make our party -- and by the way, the principle that has built this country. i'm very encouraged that the answer to that question is yes. reporter: do you intend to endorse before the convention? reporter: hi, speaker ryan. you just mentioned the millions of new voters. that he's bringing in new
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people. i was wondering how you actually interpret his success. is it going to mean the -- fundamental realignment of the party, because of these new voters that he's bringing in? just how do you interpret his success? speaker ryan: it's really kind of in pair. he has gotten more votes than any republican primary nominee in the history of our country. and this isn't even over yet. he hasn't even gone to california yet. it's really a remarkable achievement. so, the question is, and this is what we think we can be a party to helping, how do we unify it all? so this is really a big and growing movement. how do we keep adding and adding voters, while not subtracting any voters? and to me, that means a positive vision, based on core principles, taking those principles, applying them to the problems facing our country today, and offering people positive solutions. and speaking to people where they are in life. addressing their anxieties, and show that we have a better plan. look, here's what we agree on.
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a hillary clinton presidency would be a disaster for this country. it's effectively a third obama term. and the other thing we all know is, most americans do not like where this country is headed. seven out of 10 americans think america is on the wrong track. we agree with that. so, the question is, can we unify around our common principles to offer the country a compelling and clear choice and agenda, going forward, so that the men and women of this nation get a real and honest choice about how to fix this country and get us on a better track? and i am very encouraged that we can put that together. one more in the back. reporter: thanks for calling on us in the cheap seats. speaker ryan: you got here late. reporter: after your statement last week on cnn, donald trump
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said you are not ready to support his agenda. did he change his mind today? does he say he's supportive of that? speaker ryan: we talked about all these issues. and our policy teams are meeting to just walk through details. again, this is a process. we just began the process. i'm very encouraged at the first meeting of this process. and going forward, we are going to go deeper into the policy weeds to make sure we have a better understanding of one another. thank you very much, everybody. senate minority leader harry reid was critical of donald trump's meeting with republican leaders. he spoke on the senate floor for just under 10 minutes. sen. reid: donald trump will meet privately today with speaker ryan and republican leader mcconnell.
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it is the latest in republican leaders marching in step with donald trump. some in congress fully embrace donald trump. while speaking with reporters earlier this week, the republican leader sounded enthusiastic about trump's chances in the general election. donald trump is everything that the party could want in a nomination. trump's policy positions are identical to the republican and so when we meet in the next hour or two, my consensus is with trump.
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this has never happened with the supreme court nomination. we have had a couple of filibusters, but this is one where people do not want to meet. they certainly don't want to have a hearing, and they don't want to vote. says republicans should delay, delay, delay filling the supreme court vacancy. republican leaders are personally overseeing a blockade of judge garland's nomination, forcing senators to fall in line. what's talk about trump and women. when they get together, they can talk about their policies, about being anti-women. some enthusiastically embraced trump because they agree with trump's view that women are dogs and pigs. that thely assume republican leader is not
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repulsed by donald trump's behavior towards women. look at his "new york times" story with howard stern and how they talked. has beenlican party vetoing important bills, equal pay for equal work, undermining women's health at every turn, trying to turn planned ,arenthood into a punching bag ignoring millions of women who have been helped planned parenthood. they can also discuss the latino vote, their anti-immigrant policies and agenda. since the speaker has gotten behind trump, we can assume he supports trump calling immigrants rapists and murderers.
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the dreamers being mules for drug dealing. assume that they can have a long discussion about the wall, how high it should be, how they will get the mexicans to pay for .he wall most people believe these ideas are insane. let's not forget republicans have dinner grokked -- have demagogued immigrants and latinos for decades. under senator mcconnell's leadership, senate republicans almost came within hours of shutting down the department of homeland security because president obama's executive actions and immigration. -- because of president obama's executive actions on immigration. their views onut
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families. donald trump in the republican leader can mention how little they have done for american families. they are going to cut medicaid and medicare. i guess he is getting behind what paul ryan makes his number one issue. since republican leaders have established themselves in donald trump's corner, one can only assume they are ok with donald trump's shady business practices , where he rips off hard-working americans, he has filed bankruptcy many, many times. he has a university that is corrupt and without a trial moving forward during the election. party refuses to address the minimum wage, college affordability, or legislation that helps families will stop -- helps families. here's a doozy. they can spend a lot of time talking about climate change. ,rump and the republican leader
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and a private conversation, can talk about the denial of climate change. 97% of all scientists worldwide elite it -- worldwide believe it is upon us. the senior senator from florida, he will tell you it is here. look what's happening in miami. you talk to senators from virginia, they will talk about what is happening in the military bases on the coast. donald trump's highest-ranking supporter in congress, senator mcconnell, a seemingly agrees with trump that climate change is a hoax. here is what trump said, chineseted by manufacturers. the republican party refuses to a dollar's the environmental and national security threats proposed by climate change -- refuses to a knowledge the environmental and that --
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acknowledge the national security threats proposed by wanted change. countries have agreed to address climate change because of the united states leadership. let's talk about this thing republicans like to talk about, what's happening with the economy. keeping in mind, though clinton balanced the budget. keep in mind, when george bush came to the presidency, there was a trend trillion dollar -- there was a $10 trillion debt, surplus, i'm sorry, over 10 years. i misspoke. it was $7 trillion over 10 years. and with two pours unpaid for -- two wars unpaid for costing trillions of dollars and tax
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cuts not being paid for, that is long gone, that surplus. they can talk about that. trumpan talk about how has said that he thinks america's should default on its debt. get them to take less money, that's what he said. he does not want to pay our national debt. seems there is no disagreement between him and the republican leader. mcconnell, presiding over congress, has taken america to the brink of default on multiple occasions, not the least of which is shutting the government down for 17 days, closed, out of business. donald trump and the republican a longhip should have conversation. they have a lot to talk about. point, donald trump should thank the senior senator
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of kentucky. thewes his success to policy of congressional republicans. last eight for the years have made donald trump a reality. announcer: next, a conversation about the trump residential campaign and donald trump relationship with the bush family. from washington journal, this is 40 minutes. washington journal continues. host: joining us now, tom defrank. you covered the bush family for many years. how many, when did it again, and talk about your history there. guest: good morning. it began the day before thanksgiving in 1974. i was traveling with president , and henry kissinger, the secretary of state, peeled off
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to go to beijing to advance president 40's trip to china in 1975. he knew he would have a tough election campaign and he said, no foreign travel, pack it all in in 75. kissinger went off to china and my boss at newsweek said i do not want to send a foreign-policy expert from washington to spend the money. eastre already in the far so i send you. representatives the day before thanksgiving, george h.w. that was long ago before we had official relations with the pnc. beijing was still known as peking. a little reception at his residence for the kissinger party and that is where i met him. i