Skip to comments.Paul Ryan welcomes Obama's ‘overdue' Russia retaliation
Posted on 12/29/2016 6:13:10 PM PST by Jyotishi
House Speaker Paul Ryan said that President Barack Obama's actions against Russia should have come much sooner. (Photos: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP; Susan Walsh/AP)
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., thinks the Obama administration was justified in retaliating Thursday against Russia with sanctions for interfering with U.S. institutions. But he said it should've been done long ago.
Far from a full-throated endorsement of Obama's actions, Ryan's statement condemned the commander in chief for eight years of what he considers "ineffective foreign policy" that left the United States more vulnerable than it was when he took office in 2009. Nevertheless, Ryan agreed that Russia is a threat to global security.
"Russia does not share America's interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world," Ryan said shortly after the White House announced the punishments. "While today's action by the administration is overdue, it is an appropriate way to end eight years of failed policy with Russia. And it serves as a prime example of this administration's ineffective foreign policy that has left America weaker in the eyes of the world."
Ryan's evenhanded statement is notable because President-elect Donald Trump, with whom he has had a rocky relationship, has repeatedly dismissed the U.S. intelligence community's assessment that the Kremlin interfered in the November election. The U.S. says Russian hackers were behind the cyberattacks that led to massive email leaks from the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, Hillary Clinton's campaign chairman.
"I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think that computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole, you know, age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what's going on," Trump said Wednesday of the U.S. allegations against Russia.
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Paul Rino. Meh.
I hope Trump keeps this idiot on a short leash.
Pauly RINO speaks for the establishment.
Ryan really enjoys shooting himself in the foot...What a putz...
Ryan must still be in shock that his boyfriend Otard is finally out of office soon..
Lyin’ Ryan just doing his thing being deaf, dumb, and Rino.
Blech. When will the cheeseheads send this idiot packing?
Trump has a big job ahead of him. He needs to drain dems and republicans...the uniparty.
That maybe true, but there are those that love him. I just do not happen to be one of them. Anyone who wishes to hazard a guess about how long it will take him to stick dagger in Donald’s back after January 20th?
These RINOs are hopeless.
Oh for Pete’s sake, our government is a bunch of complete morons.
Does this include a strongly worded statement re: the Clinton Global Initiative selling our uranium rights to Russia for Clinton’s personal profit?
He should’ve emphasized overdue. Whatever grievances Obama had with Russia, he waited until he wouldn’t have to deal with the repercussions.
Beginning with a charter member of the Uni-Party; one Paul Ryan.
Ryan’s point is that Russia has been doing this for years including 8 years of Obama’s presidency.
Ryan should stay out of this. Any intel briefing he is receiving has come from a CIA that has been politicized.
I hate to say it, but I don’t believe anything that comes from Obama or anyone who has consented to serve in his regime.
Furthermore, all WikiLeaks revealed was the fact that the press is in league with the DNC. Big revelation, that. And Obama’s Justice Department was covering for the Clintons. No surprise there, sad to say though it is. It revealed corruption in the DNC, the press, the Clinton camp, and the Obama regime. None of it has been refuted or even disputed. No one doubts it is true, and no one is even surprised by it.
All they can do is try to tie the Russians to WikiLeaks, and expect us to jump when they blow the dog whistle. I’d like to see them that passionate when our proxies in Syria are decapitating Christians.
That he does.
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