- The Washington Times - Monday, January 23, 2017

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan and President Trump discussed the next steps for replacing and repealing Obamacare at the White House Monday night, along with border security and other priorities of the new president.

Ryan spokesman Doug Andres said after the meeting that the Wisconsin Republican and the president are “eager to continue moving forward on their shared agenda to jumpstart the economy and get the country back on track.” Any changes to the Affordable Care Act are unlikely to affect health insurance plans this year.

Among the topics Mr. Ryan and Mr. Trump discussed were Obamacare, undoing “harmful” regulations, tax reform, rebuilding the military, and border security.

The two men met after Mr. Trump hosted a reception for congressional leaders of both parties at the White House. Reporters heard Mr. Trump telling lawmakers, “I do respect the Electoral College” before they were ushered into the room.

Mr. Trump won a majority of electoral votes in November; Democrat Hillary Clinton won a majority of the popular vote. The Washington Post, citing two people familiar with the meeting, said Mr. Trump told lawmakers that he lost the popular vote due to 3 million to 5 million illegal votes.

When reporters were brought in to the reception for a photo opportunity of Mr. Trump and lawmakers around a table, the president joked, “We’re about to make a big deal,” to laughter.

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