Since announcing last week that he's not seeking re-election and will retire from Congress in January, the Wisconsin Republican has come under criticism in both national and local media for not doing enough to stand up to the commander in chief or sticking to his long-held conservative views on fiscal spending.
Speaking Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press, Ryan pointed to last year’s tax reform and as proof of his achievement, adding that getting Americans off of welfare and back to work will be a continued focus of his colleagues in the Republican party:
"We have done what needs to be done to get a stronger, more durable foundation under the economy," the speaker said, adding that he's "excited" about the GOP's agenda, which will "focus on career and technical education."
"We're going to focus on getting people from welfare into jobs. And we can do this when we had a strong growing economy. And that's a darn good legacy," Ryan said.
As to whether the Speaker and President see eye-to-eye in terms of the Republican party’s trajectory, Ryan was reluctant to comment but did say he believes Trump will come around on entitlement reform.
"Nine out of 10 things we're rolling in the same direction," Ryan added. "No two people are going to agree on everything. We have different styles. We have different ideas. But it's a big tent party. And we represent different corners of the tent."