Ryan says Trump 'messed up' on Charlottesville, rejects censure

Ryan says Trump 'messed up' on Charlottesville, rejects censure

House Speaker Paul Ryan criticized President Donald Trump's remarks regarding the violent protests in Charlottesville, Va. this month during a CNN town hall in Racine, Wis. Monday.

Ryan said later, however, that he would not support a censure resolution in the House - a formal rebuke - of Trump for his comments. "It was described to me recently by one of our military planners that the last 16 years our comprehensive Afghanistan strategy was 16 one-year strategies. That was wrong. That's why I think it was very, very important that he has since then cleared that up". "I think it is important that (Kim Jong Un) realizes we aren't going to take things lying down", Ryan said.

When it came to questions about the president's Charlottesville response, the speaker twice said that the president "messed up" in his Tuesday presser when he said there were "very fine people" at the white nationalist rally.

Mr. Ryan defended how he squares his faith with his politics last night, telling Sister Jordan, "But the point I'm saying, sister, is that's how I practice my values and my faith and my principles, in trying to apply these principles to fighting poverty more effectively, because the status quo has not been working and I think we can do a whole lot better".

Ryan noted that Senate rules prevented Republicans from including items such as medical liability reform and interstate shopping in their health care bill.

"If we descend this issue into some partisan hack-fest, into some bickering against each other and demean it down into some political food fight, what good does that do to unify this country?"

Ryan has gone about as far as he's willing to go to stand up to this president on Charlottesville. It nearly felt like an hour-long infomercial for Paul Ryan for president. Trump literally compared neo-Nazis to those resisting neo-Nazis, and put the so-called "alt-right" against the ridiculous notion of an equally violent "alt-left". "Instead of measuring success on how much money we spend or how many programs we create or how many people on those programs, let's measure success and poverty on outcomes".

"It was very much on par with what I expected from Paul", Hawes said, adding that she noticed no spontaneity. "And for me, the preferential option for the poor, which is something that's a key tenet of Catholic faith, that means upward mobility, that means economic growth, that means equality of opportunity". It is the main show - every day, all day. In 1967, the first wave of government antipoverty programs lifted 4% of low-income Americans out of poverty.

"Obamacare is collapsing", Ryan said.

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