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Donald Trump, Paul Ryan have ‘very good’ meeting in Washington

Melania Trump, President-elect Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence pose for photographers after a meeting in the speaker's office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Thursday in Washington.

Trump said the Capitol Hill meeting was “very good” and “detailed” ways they will work toward policies about issues such as health care and immigration.

“We’re going to do some absolutely spectacular things for the American people,” Trump said.

Ryan said he and Trump discussed ways to “hit the ground running” once he is sworn in as president.

Ryan showed Trump and his wife Melania Trump where he will be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States in January.

The speaker and the president-elect had an often tense relationship during the campaign. After initially declining to endorse Trump, Ryan later offered his support to the Republican nominee. Trump frequently took aim at Ryan both on the campaign trail and on Twitter.

After Trump was elected president, Ryan praised Trump, telling reporters the pair spoke over the phone both Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning.

“Let me just say, this is the most incredible political feat I have seen in my lifetime,” Ryan said Wednesday. “Donald Trump heard a voice out in this country that no one else heard. He connected in ways with people no one else did. He turned politics on its head. And now, Donald Trump will lead a unified Republican government. And we will work hand-in on a positive agenda to tackle this country’s big challenges.”

After his remarks, Ryan was asked how he would go about striking a balance between his own conservative policy platform and Trump’s populist message.

“I think the mistakes that we made in the past is we didn’t seize the opportunity when it presented itself,” Ryan replied. “The opportunity is now here. And the opportunity is to go big, to go bold, and to get things done for the people of this country.”

Ryan has a friendly relationship with Pence, a former GOP congressman from Indiana, and he has often praised Trump’s selection of a running mate.

Trump’s meeting with Ryan followed his meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.

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