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With Donald Trump’s support, Paul Ryan renominated by House Republicans as Speaker

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India TV News Desk, Washington [Published on:16 Nov 2016, 10:37:30]

Speaker Paul Ryan unanimously won his GOP colleagues' votes today for another term at the helm of the House. 

Ryan told fellow Republicans that he had President-elect Donald Trump's support.

"It feels really good to say that actually," Ryan told reporters. "This will be a government focused on turning President-elect Trump's victory into real progress for the American people." 

To retain the speaker's position, Ryan will still have to clear a vote by the full House when the new Congress assembles in January -- when he must win at least 218 votes.

With the results of a few contests outstanding, Republicans will hold at least 239 seats, leaving a relatively healthy margin for dissent in their ranks. The House Republicans said in a Twitter message that Ryan's selection was unanimous.

But Ryan will have more than his contentious relationship with Trump to navigate. Stephen K. Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, whom Trump named as his chief strategist, is a longtime critic of Ryan.

Though he endorsed Trump and urged Americans to vote for him in the days leading up to the election, Ryan repeatedly criticized the president-elect's more inflammatory statements during the campaign, once criticizing his proposed ban on Muslims as "not what this country stands for".

After the release of a 2005 recording in which Trump boasted in vulgar terms about sexually assaulting women, Ryan disinvited him to a planned joint appearance in Wisconsin and told Republicans he would no longer defend him nor campaign for him.

Trump had said before his victory that Ryan should be punished for not offering his full support.

File pic of Speaker Paul Ryan- India Tv
File pic of Speaker Paul Ryan