Ryan On Trump Siding With Dems: ‘It’s Perfectly Reasonable And Rational’

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks about Harvey relief efforts after a meeting with House Republicans, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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Just before President Donald Trump sided with the Democrats this week and raise the debt ceiling for three months, instead of the six months Republicans were asking for, Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the Democrats’ plan “ridiculous.”

Now he’s on board.

Appearing on Fox New Thursday night, Ryan defended the President saying his decision was “perfectly reasonable and rational.”

“What he’s trying to do is clear the decks so we can get focused on our big things like tax reform. I’ve spoken to the President a lot about this,” he said. “I talked to him this morning, he wants to clear the decks so we can basically get our job done and focus on our big issues like tax reform, border security and the rest.”

He said the second part of the President’s plan was to make sure relief funds for the hurricane recovery efforts didn’t become a political issue.

“He wanted to make this a bipartisan moment where we weren’t fighting each other in Washington about hurricane aid,” he said. “He just wanted to get it done, get it out of the way so that aid is flowing to the states that need it right now so we can go and then focus on things like tax reform.”

He defended Trump again.

“So it’s perfectly reasonable and rational why he’s doing what he’s doing,” he said.

Watch his comments below:

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