House Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday said he and Donald Trump agree on trade, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
, "He wants to get good trade agreements, so do I."
"I do clearly think it's important for America to lead in the world, and to write the rules of the global economy," Ryan said. "So that we set the standards — versus our competitors like China writing the rules of the global economy. So we need to engage."
"What I have heard from him is that we need to engage, that we need to have very good trade agreements that are good for America. And I agree with that."
The comments from Ryan, the federal government's highest-ranking Republican, came shorty after Trump compared the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to rape in a speech at an Ohio college on Tuesday.
"The Trans-Pacific Partnership is another disaster done and pushed by special interests who want to rape our country," the presumptive GOP presidential nominee said. "Just a continuing rape of our country."
Ryan declined to comment on Trump's statement, saying, "I just for the first time heard that, so I'm not going to comment on that."
At a campaign rally on Wednesday in Bangor, Maine, Trump attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce
, according to Reuters, saying it is "controlled totally by various groups of people who don't care about you whatsoever."
"We're already losing the trade war, we lost the trade war," Trump said. "Nothing can happen worse than is happening now."
According to CBS News
, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said on its official Twitter account that Trump's trade policies would lead to "higher prices, fewer jobs, and a weaker economy."
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