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Speaker Paul Ryan talks tax reform, party unity at Intel

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan. The US President's difficulties with US companies hasn't stopped them dealing with Republicans

Aside from the GOP's tax reform push, Ryan said continued rollbacks of burdensome government regulations, an increase in military funding and support, and renewed focus on addressing workforce participation are among his top priorities.

Just a day earlier, Ryan rejected a threat by President Donald Trump to shut down the government to force Congress to approve funding for a border wall with Mexico.

While speaking to Washington Examiner in an interview at Intel's Hillsboro, Ryan said, "I have not seen the kind of coalescing around tax reform from the business community like I have seen today".

Trump also appeared ready to tone down his rhetoric - for now - following his fiery Phoenix rally.

"There is no other argument", Ryan said in the post, which made no mention of Trump.

Interestingly, the CEOs of the host companies of Ryan's tour were among the CEOs who quit Trump's manufacturing Council over the President's equivocations about white supremacy and neo-Nazism last week, yet they hosted Ryan for his tour.

David Rowe
David Rowe

McConnell insisted he and Trump are unified on policy goals, such as funding the government and ending Obamacare, but he had few warm words about their relationship. I can't help but believe as the President himself has said that as the country becomes more prosperous, as our streets become safer, we are going to enjoy greater unity in this country.

"We're totally on the same page on this", he said of the two chambers of Congress and the White House.

Wall Street seemed rattled by Trump's rhetoric on Wednesday, as stocks took a dive.

Ryan maintained that he doesn't need a better motivation from the Oval Office to complete the expedient and tremendous task of getting a tax bill through the House and Senate and signed by the President.

"With a Republican House, Senate and Administration, Republicans have absolutely no excuses for threatening America's families with a destructive and pointless government shutdown", the California Democrat said in a statement. "Now the obstructionist Democrats would like us not to do it".