House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a televised interview on Sunday that he doesn’t know if President-elect Donald Trump’s claim that millions voted illegally in the Nov. 8 general election is true and isn’t focused on finding out.
Ryan dismissed a question about Trump’s claim on an episode of CBS’ “60 Minutes” that aired Sunday.
“Who cares what he tweeted on some Thursday night if we fix this country’s big problems,” Ryan told CBS’ Scott Pelley.
Last week, Trump tweeted that he would win the popular vote if the “millions of people that voted illegally” were deducted from the total number of votes Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton received during the election.
Ryan said he had no knowledge of whether that claim was true.
“It doesn’t matter to me. He won the election,” said Ryan.
During the interview, Ryan noted he and Trump have made amends after their relationship became tenuous during Trump’s campaign for president.
In October, Ryan said he was “sickened” by a 2005 video of Trump making predatory comments about women, and disinvited the real estate billionaire from a GOP unity event in Elkhorn the day after the video was released.
Ryan also told his House caucus members that he wouldn’t campaign with or defend Trump for the remainder of the campaign.
In response, Trump called Ryan a “weak and ineffective leader” and suggested Ryan would be to blame if Clinton won the Nov. 8 election.
Ryan said in the “60 Minutes” interview that the two chat all the time and have a good working relationship. He acknowledged he didn’t predict Trump would ultimately prevail as the GOP presidential nominee and said he was surprised by the results on election night.
“I thought the odds were clearly in (Clinton’s) favor,” said Ryan. “I was a little surprised. Pleasantly so.”
Ryan used the interview to lay out what he’d like to see under Trump’s administration, including the repeal of the Affordable Care Act — which would be the first order of business, he said.
He also said he supports Trump’s scaled-back deportation plan for undocumented immigrants to those who have been convicted of crimes and said he supports more physical border security.
Ryan emphasized his desire to make changes to Medicare to ensure its availability for people younger than the baby boomer generation but did not provide details about what he would change.