Ryan alleges Trump has “disfigured” American beliefs, values and conservative principals.
Having recently returned from a trip to the Middle East, House Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters on Thursday that the world is watching American politics, and reported that Middle East allies are “rattled” by Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s provocative comments.
Ryan said the allies – including Israel — thanked him for taking on Donald Trump over his call to bar Muslim immigrants from the United States.
“When he proposed the Muslim immigration ban, that really got under my skin, so I spoke out very forcefully the day after,” he said. “When you see our beliefs our values and conservative principles being disfigured, you have to speak out for it if you’re a party leader. People over there knew about it and thanked me for doing it.”
The congressional delegation traveled to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Germany. At the 40-minute breakfast session Thursday, he laid the blame on several as the cause of the world’s poor view of America, including President Obama, George Bush and Donald Trump. He said allies want to know if the US is “still in the game.”
“There is a commonality that this has been our problem too long, it shouldn’t be our problem any more if we just pull out, we can fortress America and we will be better off. I don’t buy that,” Ryan told a group of reporters. “The reason I don’t buy that is it is going to come to us. Who else is going to help lead the world … to ultimately extinguish radical Islamic terrorism? And if we just pull back and think our oceans are going to save us, the evidence of the last couple of decades disproves that theory.”
“America can advance its values “without toppling and kicking over dictators and putting boots on the ground,” he said.
The Wisconsin lawmaker accused Obama of leaving a dangerous “vacuum” in the Middle East and improving Iran’s standing at the expense of its regional rival, and traditional U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia.
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