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Rep. Tim Ryan: Democrats Need to Pick Their Battles

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By    |   Thursday, 02 Feb 2017 09:14 AM

Relationships between House Democrats and the Trump administration have been "very combative" under House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, but there are also policy matters that need to be fought over, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, who challenged the California Democrat for her seat, said Thursday.

"You know, [President Donald] Trump has put forth a couple things that I agree with, and I think other Democrats agree with getting back to renegotiating TPP and looking at NAFTA very, very closely," Ryan told Fox News' "Fox & Friends."

However, Trump has made decisions that incite Democrats as well, said Ryan, pointing out Trump's executive order on travel and refugees from the Middle East.

"I think with the immigration order, the immigration ban, that has made us less safe," Ryan told the program.

"I mean, we are alienating a lot of our Muslim allies in the Middle East. We have alienated a lot of Muslim Americans, and that's not a good way to fight terrorism. We need those folks on our side."

Muslims constitute more than a billion people worldwide, Ryan continued, and "to cast all of them as somehow bad and wrong I think is not only unconstitutional, I don't think it's good strategy for us. So, there are things we have got to fight him on and I'm happy to do that."

But at the same time, he does think that Democrats need to pick their battles, rather than fight back on all areas.

"I mean, the Republicans blocked everything President [Barack] Obama did," he told the Fox News program. "You guys weren't really complaining when Republicans were holding up a Supreme Court nominee for President Obama. So this is the give and take of politics."

It's nothing new, however, to have political arguments, as politics is "messy" and "it's ugly."

"We shouldn't expect anything different," said Ryan. "It's been this way for over 200 years. We will have fights like this and I think it's appropriate to have fights like this."

Meanwhile, he does believe that Democrats need to find areas of common ground where they can work with Trump, as they owe it to their constituents.

"I have got a few friends out there that still like me and wish I would be leader and a few Democrats out there wish that was the case," said Ryan. "That wasn't the case. They made the decision and here we are. We have got to move forward. The bottom line is we have got to do the work of the American people."

However, he said, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is a person who does not necessarily back the things Trump campaigned on.

"Trump campaigned on draining the swamp and he [Gorsuch] is not for any campaign finance reform," said Ryan. "Trump campaigned for the working class. This guy is for repealing right-to-work, which allows people to organize. You will get a fight on that stuff."

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