- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 16, 2017

President Trump is the glue that’s keeping the Republican health bill on track, Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday, offering effusive praise.

Despite carping from conservatives who say Mr. Trump is being led astray by Mr. Ryan, the speaker said they’re working well together.

“I am very pleased and very excited, and I got to tell you, it’s something I hadn’t seen in along time. This president is getting deeply involved, he is helping us bridge gaps in our conference,” Mr. Ryan said.

He compared Mr. Trump to President Reagan, who earned the nickname of the Great Communicator for his ability to go around the press and speak directly to voters.

Mr. Ryan waved aside complaints that the process is messy.

“This is legislating,” he said.

He said he expects senators, who have expressed concerns about his bill, to have the chance to change the bill to get it passed by the upper chamber.

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