Paul Ryan said Donald Trump called him to apologize after he encouraged fans to watch a show on Fox News where the host called for him to step down.
The president tweeted, “Watch Judge Jeanine on Fox News tonight at 9:00 P.M.” Saturday. In an interview with CBS Thursday, Ryan said Trump told him he didn’t know Jeanine Pirro was going to call for his resignation in the opening of her show.
“He called me and he said, ‘Look….’ He actually was very apologetic about it — in that he said, ‘I had no idea that that’s what she was gonna talk about. I thought she was gonna talk about something else.'”
“So really, that was completely coincidental and I know he was right when he says that. He thought she was gonna talk about something with respect to Russia that he thought was interesting and favorable. He had no idea she was going to do that.”
“And this is one of those jobs where you take a bunch of slings and arrows, and you just know that when you take this job. You take it with a grain of salt. It really doesn’t get to me anymore.”
Watch @JudgeJeanine on @FoxNews tonight at 9:00 P.M.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 25, 2017
In that same interview, Ryan said he was hopeful that Republicans could pass a health care bill in the future.
“What happened is we are going through, what I would call, a very painful growing pain,” he said. “I’d like to see the growth at the end of that pain, which is we had been an opposition party for 10 years. And I’ve been long saying, ‘If we’re going to be successful, deliver for the American people, improve people’s lives, we’ve gotta become a proposition governing party.'”
“About 90 percent of our members are for this bill. And we’re not going to give up after seven years of dealing with this. After running on a plan all of last year, translating that plan into legislation, which is what this is.”
"We are going through, what I would call, a very painful growing pain." — @SpeakerRyan on why the Republican health care bill failed pic.twitter.com/BlEsFMeHDn
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) March 30, 2017