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GOP Backs Ryan as Speaker Gets Ally in Trump’s White House

  • Newly picked White House chief of staff is longtime Ryan pal
  • Ryan’s hold on gavel reassured ahead of formal January vote
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Ryan Declares Dawn of New Unified Republican Government

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Paul Ryan, who won unanimous backing to remain House speaker by his Republican colleagues on Tuesday, can thank Donald Trump for helping shore up his hold on the job.

The president-elect’s appointment Sunday of Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus to be his White House chief of staff was a key signal to House Republicans that Trump plans to try working with Ryan, a man he attacked bitterly on Twitter several times in the final months of the campaign.