Speaker Ryan takes stand against Obama on ISIS, refugees; says ‘world needs American leadership’

Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has done something his predecessor rarely did. He stood up to President Obama.

He also laid out a challenge to the president to come up with a plan to defeat the Islamic State.

At a press conference Tuesday, Ryan called on the White House to “pause” its plan to take in 10,000 Syrian refugees.

“Our nation has always been welcoming, but we cannot let terrorists take advantage of our compassion,” the Wisconsin representative said. “This is a moment where it’s better to be safe than to be sorry.”

The comments were made as Ryan announced a task force created to help address the Syrian refugee issue, which is being headed by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, according to CNN.

“We think the prudent, the responsible thing is to take a pause in this particular aspect of this refugee program in order to verify that terrorists are not trying to infiltrate the refugee population,” Ryan added, reverberating the call of many Republican governors and presidential candidates.

“We think it’s necessary to have a pause, and to have a more comprehensive strategy guaranteeing that we do not allow ISIS members here,” Ryan said.

He added that he was signing the annual National Defense Authorization Act bill for Obama to sign.

Ryan said the bill contained language that would force the president to develop a plan to defeat, not contain, ISIS, the Huffington Post reported.

“It’s clear this was an act of war, and that the world needs American leadership,” Ryan said.

Ryan posted about his actions, prior to the speech, on Twitter.

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