Nancy Pelosi tells Paul Ryan to ‘stop protecting’ Trump. Here’s how he responded …

House Speaker Paul Ryan thinks President Donald Trump got it wrong on Russia and called him out just as Nancy Pelosi demanded.

The Wisconsin Republican issued a condemning statement within hours of Trump’s press conference on Monday alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin – and after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi ordered him to “stop protecting” the president.

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Pelosi called out House Republicans for not taking the Russia threat seriously, as Democrats blasted Trump for the “Treason Summit” in which he did not appear to say he believes U.S. intelligence chiefs over Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Former CIA Director John Brennan called Trump’s comments “treasonous” as many joined the chorus of condemnation after the president refused to say he believed that Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

“Seriously, what does Putin have on Trump that’s he’s so afraid?” Pelosi asked, according to The Hill. “President Trump’s weakness in front of Putin was embarrassing, and proves that the Russians have something on the President, personally, financially or politically.”

Ryan, who is retiring from Congress at the end of his current term, issued his statement soon after, coming out with strong words in contradiction to Trump’s stance in Helsinki.

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” Ryan said in a statement. “That is not just the finding of the American intelligence community but also the House Committee on Intelligence. The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally.

“There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals,” he continued. “The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

Frieda Powers

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