Vice president and House Speaker reaffirm GOP unity, praise president for ‘decisiveness’
Vice President Mike Pence said that the first few weeks of President Donald Trump’s administration “are going to be described in the history books as days of action” during an interview Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week.”
Pence said the administration has hit the ground running during his first two weeks in office to deliver on campaign promises. Although Trump’s series of executive orders have been met with liberal hysteria and weekly protests, the vice president commended Trump for causing a stir in Washington and working to place the interests of American citizens first.
“But he’s hit the ground running extremely hard. He’s doing a lot. And there’s a lot that needs to be done.”
“The early days of this administration are going to be described in the history books as days of action,” Pence said on “This Week.” “President Trump’s made it clear that our administration is going to put the safety and security of the American people first.”
In particular, Pence pointed to Trump’s executive order that halted U.S. entry to migrants from seven terrorism-compromised nations as evidence the president’s priorities are in the right place.
“The American people welcome the decisiveness that President Trump has shown on this issue, putting the safety and security of the American people above the niceties of communicating with people in Washington or in some cases around the world. He acted,” Pence said when “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos asked him about the controversial action.
Although a Washington State judge made waves Friday when he temporarily overturned the executive order, Pence reaffirmed the administration’s commitment to fighting the judge’s order and upholding national security.
“And the executive order that he put into effect, which suspends immigration from seven countries that have been compromised by terrorism and don’t have the kind of internal systems that we can be certain that people that are applying to come to this country are who they say they are was legal — it was appropriate and our administration is going to be using all legal means at our disposal to challenge the judge’s order,” Pence told Stephanopoulos.
Recognizing the judge’s authority to issue the ruling that he did, Pence expressed both his and Trump’s respect for the separation of powers in the three branches of government, saying “that’s why the administration is complying with that order as we speak.”
“And we’ll go through the process in the courts to get a stay of that order, so that, again, we can implement this action that is entirely focused on the safety and security of the American people,” Pence said.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told NBC’s “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd that Trump is dedicated entirely to fulfilling his campaign promises and focusing on the economic concerns Americans face — even if the protesters and liberal naysayers resolutely continue to skew and misrepresent what Trump has been doing his first two weeks in office.
“I think really what matter at the end of the day are the results,” Ryan told Todd. “And what at the end of the day matters so that we will have a successful Republican president, successful Republican Party … are the results of this party that has been given this great responsibility.”
There is so much to be excited about, Ryan said, because Trump is extremely ambitious about producing results.
“Look, what I’m excited about is that he wants to hit the ground running and he is very much a man of action. And we have conversations at 11:00 at night on policy matters,” Ryan said. “But he’s hit the ground running extremely hard. He’s doing a lot. And there’s a lot that needs to be done.”
“What I’m excited about is how ambitious he wants to be on following through on the promises that we made in the campaign so that we can execute these good ideas and these policies. That’s what’s going to matter,” Ryan added. “All the division and the polarization in America, I think a lot of it can be healed if we get people back to work, if we help get people out of poverty, if we keep us safe, if we get faster economic growth and more jobs and higher wages. If we can fix these problems that are solvable in this country, that’s what’s going to matter at the end of the day.”