President-elect Donald Trump Thursday met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) in the Capitol.
WASHINGTON – President-elect Donald Trump met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Capitol Hill Thursday in an attempt find common ground with Congress before taking office in January.
“We’re gonna look very strongly at immigration,” Trump told reporters after his meeting with McConnell. “We’re gonna look at borders; very important. We’re gonna look very strongly at healthcare and we’re looking at jobs; big league jobs.”
Trump was accompanied on the trip to the Hill by his wife Melania and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
Trump’s relationship with Congressional leaders has proved uneasy throughout the campaign, particularly with Ryan.
Ryan waited until early-June to endorse Trump and frequently criticized some of then-candidate Trump’s more controversial remarks.
Following the release of a 2005 videotape that depicted Trump making sexually aggressive comments about women, Ryan announced that then-candidate Trump would not be joining him at a campaign event in Wisconsin.
At the time, Ryan’s office released a statement suggesting that the Speaker would focus on maintaining Republican control of Congress rather than working toward electing Trump. Ryan did, however, maintain his endorsement and later appeared on the campaign trail with then-vice-presidential candidate Pence.
Trump frequently criticized Ryan throughout the campaign as well, but today’s meeting seems to suggest that the frayed relations could be repaired.
“Whether it’s health care or immigration, we’re going to be working on that very rapidly,” Trump said following his lunch with Ryan.
Ryan told reporters after that he was “excited” by the prospect of what Trump and a Republican-controlled House could accomplish.
“Donald Trump had one of the most impressive victories we’ve ever seen,” Ryan said. “We’re going to turn that victory into progress for the American people.
Trump ended his brief remarks after being asked by a reporter if he would ask Congress to pass legislation banning Muslim immigration to the U.S.