Newly-elected House Speaker Paul Ryan said that while he’s willing to work across the aisle with Democrats on certain issues, he won’t budge on immigration reform under President Barack Obama.
“The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue, because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself. Presidents don't write laws. Congress does,” Ryan said in an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Nov. 1.
He was officially elected to the position of House Speaker on Oct. 29.
“I think if we reach consensus on something like border enforcement, interior security, that's one thing," he added. "But I do not believe we should advance comprehensive immigration legislation with a president who’s proven himself untrustworthy on this issue.”
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The interview was one of five morning news shows Ryan visited on Nov. 1, where he outlined his agenda for bringing the Republican Party together and working with the president, reports The New York Times.
Ryan also spoke to immigration reform during an interview on CBS’s "Face the Nation."
“Look, I think it would be a ridiculous notion to try and work on an issue like this with a president we simply cannot trust on this issue,” he said. “He tried to go it alone, circumventing the legislative process with his executive orders, so that is not in the cards.”
The former vice presidential candidate also discussed the leadership of his predecessor, John Boehner, whose time as speaker was rife with Republican infighting. Ryan maintained that his job was not to be “dictator of the House.”
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“I don’t think leadership should be trying to, you know, covet power and write legislation,” he told "Fox News Sunday."
“I think I want to have a more participatory process, which is really what the founders envisioned the House to look like," he added. "And that is something that so many of us, myself included, have been concerned about the way this place has been run.”