Trump: I’d Be Okay with Paul Ryan as Speaker, But He’s ‘Anti-Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security’

Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said he would be “okay” with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as Speaker of the House, but knocked the 2012 vice presidential nominee for being “anti-Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.”

Ryan, the influential chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, has said he is not interested in the position, but reports indicate that he is now seriously considering running for the job after Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) unexpectedly dropped his bid and Republicans began expressing support for Ryan.

Trump explained why he took credit for McCarthy’s decision to bow out of the Speaker race, citing supporters’ comments on Twitter. He also called McCarthy’s controversial remarks connecting the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation to Hillary Clinton‘s falling poll numbers a “bad statement.”

Trump called Ryan “a very nice person,” but questioned Mitt Romney‘s decision to choose Ryan as his vice presidential nominee in 2012. “He’s been so anti-Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, in a sense,” Trump said of Ryan, borrowing a common Democratic talking point. “Now, he would say he hasn’t been, but they certainly played that up hard.”

Watch the video above, via CBS.

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