Donald Trump delivered his big speech to Congress on Tuesday night.
Everyone wondered how the Republican establishment would react.
And when Paul Ryan gave his answer, it was not what people were expecting.
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan do not see eye-to-eye on policy.
Trump’s “America First” vision conveys support for a secure border, ending multi-lateral trade deals, and a more restrained American foreign policy.
Paul Ryan’s brand of establishment Republicanism holds fast to open borders, international trade deals, and foreign interventions.
Trump further laid out his brand of nationalism during his big speech.
He explained how immigration and trade deals hurt American workers and how 16 years of endless war has drained our treasury.
Trump also detailed why Congress must repeal and replace Obamacare and cut taxes for businesses and the middle class.
So how did Paul Ryan react?
He shocked observers by giving the speech a thumbs up.
“Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said President Donald Trump delivered a bold and optimistic message to the American people when he addressed his first joint session of Congress Tuesday night.
“That was a home run,” said the speaker, who sat behind the president during the speech, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence. Both men received commemorative copies of the speech, presented by Trump to them as he took the podium.
Ryan said with Republicans in control of the House, Senate, and the White House, it was time to get to work.
“We now have a government unified around a simple, but important principle: Empowering the people—not Washington—is the way to build a better future for our country,” he said.
“This is a president who is serious about tackling our biggest challenges and improving people’s lives,” he said…
…Ryan said Trump was putting the country on the right path for a better future.
“From repealing and replacing Obamacare to revamping our outdated tax code and keeping our country safe from the threat of radical Islam, we are committed to working with the Trump administration to deliver results,” he said.
“In fact, we have already delivered results on multiple fronts—including repealing harmful regulations that have hamstrung our economy,” he said. “There is a lot more work to do, and we are ready to keep working for the American people.”
Trump’s speech was a hit with two groups that are very wary of him – Democrats and establishment Republicans.
A YouGov poll found 57 percent of Democrats approved of his speech.
Now, even the establishment Republicans are praising his address to Congress.