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Top Rep. Ryan Takes Trump to Task on Putin

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 – 11:38 AM

(AFP) Paul Ryan, the top Republican in the US House of Representatives, called on President Donald Trump Monday to accept that Russia is not an ally of the United States and must be held accountable for meddling in the 2016 election.

“The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally,” Ryan said, after Trump refused to criticise President Vladimir Putin in a joint press conference following their Helsinki summit.

“There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals,” Ryan, the House Speaker, said in a statement.

“The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

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