Plus Ryan - who angered Trump supporters in his conference when he said last month he couldn't defend his party's nominee - seems to have calmed down Trump backers by his late embrace of the billionaire in the final days of the campaign.
NPR reports that both Ryan and McConnell changed their tunes Wednesday and worked quickly to mend fences with Trump and make the case that he will sign their policy agendas into law.
"We need a new president, Donald Trump, to be the most powerful Republican in America", McConnell said at a rally in his home state of Kentucky. Ryan said. "And we are, we are very excited about making sure that's the case". "We won more seats than anyone expected - and much of that is thanks to Donald Trump", he said.
Emerging from his meetings with congressional leaders, Trump sketched out priorities for his presidency.
Trump have had a contentious relationship this election cycle, but on Wednesday, Mr. Ryan was downright jubilant. "He connected in ways with people that no one else did".
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But another problem is his and the Republican Senate's open refusal to cooperate in any way with President Obama for the entire eight years of his presidency. It remains to be seen whether Ryan and his colleagues would accept a plan that was likely to increase the deficit and the national debt, or whether they will adhere to their fiscally conservative principles with a new president in office. I saw emails that he sent out this week, talking about Speaker Ryan, encouraging people to vote for Donald Trump.
"Donald Trump deserves all that credit", he added.
However, Ryan said Wednesday that he is ready to follow Trump's lead - not only in the next session of Congress but also in the remaining months of Barack Obama's administration, when Congress must pass a measure to fund the government past December 9. Clinton was strongly favored to emerge as the victor on Tuesday night, with some analysts estimating Trump's odds of winning the election as low as 1%. "And we remain a sharply divided country". For weeks, Ryan said little about Trump, declining to say anything publicly about him after the final two presidential debate. As we've discussed before, the idea of a "mandate" is based on the notion that a candidate runs on an agenda, gets elected, and earns the right to expect that his or her agenda will be given a shot.
He also said he looks forward to coordinating with Trump on what can be achieved in the lame-duck session of Congress.
"We have a very clear agenda, we believe in the principles of the Constitution", he said of Republicans.