House Speaker Paul Ryan congratulates Trump on victory

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) House Speaker Paul Ryan has called President-elect Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory.

Ryan, who criticized Trump during the campaign, is likely to face some opposition among Republicans in his bid to retain his leadership post.

Ryan issued a statement early Wednesday calling Trump’s victory a “repudiation of the status quo of failed liberal progressive policies.”

He says he is eager to work with the new administration to advance the Republican agenda.

First, he urges the GOP to work to bring the country together after the divisive election.

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