Paul Ryan and Donald Trump are all in agreement that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) should be kept, and Ryan said that the President was “not against” it, despite the fact that he has not been able to secure Republican support.
Ryan was speaking during a press conference Monday where he was asked about Trump’s “anti-trade” rhetoric during the presidential campaign, which led some to say that the two of them were working to dismantle the trade deal.
“I think that’s true, but I think that there’s still a lot of work to be done,” Ryan said.
“If you look at the economic issues, we’re not getting the job done.
The President’s rhetoric is really out of touch with reality, I think.
We can talk about that, and I think he’ll continue to do that, but at the end of the day, it’s going to have to be a deal that works for both sides.”
Ryan said he was not concerned about the future of the trade agreement as a whole, but he did have a message for Trump.
“This is a very complicated deal,” he said.
Ryan said it was a good thing for Republicans to vote to protect the deal and that Trump was “doing a good job.”
“I’ve heard President Trump say the other day that the Democrats have made it hard on us.
That’s not true.
We’re going to keep fighting for this deal,” Ryan continued.
“But at the same time, we are doing a great job and I hope that we get it done.”