House Speaker Paul Ryan and President-elect Donald Trump have discussed the Constitution “extensively” in their almost daily conversations.
In an excerpt of a “60 Minutes” interview to air Sunday, Ryan was asked whether he has conveyed to Trump that being president is not the same as being the CEO of the country and that Congress will have a role in his administration.
“Oh, we’ve talked about that extensively,” Ryan said. “We’ve talked about the Constitution, Article 1 on the Constitution, the separation of powers. He feels very strongly, actually, that under President Obama’s watch, he stripped a lot of power away from the Constitution, away from the legislative branch of government, and we wanna reset the balance of power so that people and the Constitution are rightfully restored.”
Trump has repeatedly come under fire for what appears to be a lack of knowledge of the Constitution. The president-elect earlier this week suggested people who burn the American flag — which the Supreme Court affirmed is protected under the First Amendment’s freedom of speech — should serve a year in jail or have their citizenship revoked.