On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) praised President Barack Obama’s sanctions against Russia, though he declared them “overdue.” In this manner, he managed to skillfully snipe at the Democratic president while throwing President-elect Donald Trump under the bus in one fell swoop.
In an official press statement, Paul Ryan declared:
‘Russia does not share America’s interests. In fact, it has consistently sought to undermine them, sowing dangerous instability around the world.’
He also slammed the Obama administration for making America appear weak while the Kremlin “has consistently sought to undermine” U.S. interests.
‘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.’
But unlike Vladimir Putin’s tool Donald Trump, the budget slashing, social safety net snipping House Speaker notably does not oppose the sanctions themselves. In her report, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt pointed out that Paul Ryan took the opportunity to scold Barack Obama for his overall foreign policy but was still “not criticizing this move.”
USA Today adds Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) also made a statement that echoes Ryan’s.
‘Sanctions against the Russian intelligence services are a good initial step, however late in coming. As the next Congress reviews Russian actions against networks associated with the U.S. election, we must also work to ensure that any attack against the United States is met with an overwhelming response.’
Kasie Hunt went on to explain that this should tell us something about how the leadership of the Republican party — namely Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — plan to respond to Russia-related issues “going forward.” If so, this may also may put them on a collision course with the incoming Trump administration.
Team Trump still has not responded to Paul Ryan’s statement. But if the president-elect’s disturbing response to Barack Obama’s pending U.S. sanctions against Russia from Weds. are any indication, be afraid. Very afraid. As Bipartisan Report informed readers, an unhinged Donald Trump continued to completely dismiss the possibility of Russian meddling in a rare press conference Weds. night.
‘I think we ought to get on with our lives. I think the computers have complicated lives very greatly. The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what’s going on. We have speed, we have a lot of other things, but I’m not sure we have the kind of security that we need.’
Watch: MSNBC reports on House Speaker Paul Ryan’s statement on U.S. sanctions against Russia.
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