- The Washington Times - Friday, December 9, 2016

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said he had a “very exciting meeting” with President-elect Donald Trump on Friday at Trump Tower in New York.

“We’re very excited about getting to work and hitting the ground running in 2017 [to] put this country back on track,” Mr. Ryan said in a brief statement to reporters.

Mr. Ryan figures to be a crucial ally of Mr. Trump once the president-elect is sworn in next year, along with a Republican-controlled U.S. House and Senate. The Wisconsin Republican had supported Mr. Trump’s candidacy but kept him at arm’s length during the 2016 campaign.

Mr. Ryan recently told “60 Minutes” the two men have patched things up and now speak about every day.

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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