Ryan Town Hall Focuses On Trump, Health Care, and Foxconn

President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Republican leaders on Wednesday Aug. 16 tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white

President Donald Trump talks with House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Republican leaders on Wednesday Aug. 16 tiptoed around Trump's extraordinary comments on white

When President Trump initially responded to the fatal violence at a white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, by condemning the "egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence on many sides", Paul Ryan tweeted, "white supremacy is a scourge", and called the killing of Heather Heyer an act of terrorism.

"I totally agree with that", Ryan said. "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. And I think we have a lot more to do to make sure these guys don't get normalized".

"I concluded that the security threats we face in Afghanistan and the broader region are vast", Trump said.

CNN moderator Jake Tapper then pointed out that Trump said that there were "very fine people" at the rally in Charlottesville, arguing that it was "morally wrong", not "ambiguous" for Trump to say that. "We're waiting for the Senate to pass theirs", Ryan said.

"If America stands for anything, it is the idea that the condition of your birth doesn't affect the outcome of your life", Ryan said.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) stepped up and brokered a revised version of the bill, known as the MacArthur amendment, along with Tuesday Group co-chairman Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-NJ).

Ryan agreed "you're not a good person if you're there", before later cautioning against "partisan" attacks on Trump's response to Charlottesville.

"It felt very scripted", Liebert said of Ryan's performance.

Facebook bans account of white nationalist Cantwell
A poster advertising the group on Facebook's campus ahead of the election read " Trump Supporters Welcome". One main problem here is that Facebook isn't clarifying what the offensive content in question was.

"I had high hopes", questioner on health care.

"I do believe that (Trump) messed up in his comments on Tuesday, when it sounded like a moral equivocation, or at the very least moral ambiguity, when we need extreme moral clarity", Ryan said of the President.

Neither is a Ryan supporter, but they did give him credit for a good performance, and Liebert said CNN did a good job of picking a diverse crowd.

CNN preselected the attendees at Monday's town hall, primarily from Mr. Ryan's district, and questions they asked.

Ryan's Democratic challenger, Randy Bryce, said he did not receive a ticket to the event.

Many Republicans' comments have focused on condemning the views of white supremacists without specifically faulting the president for what he said.

To begin with, the "war on poverty" - which began in 1964 and not 1985, as Ryan claims - in fact resulted in a substantial drop in poverty rates. Ryan helped in negotiations with the Taiwanese company and has joined with Trump and others in touting the news as transformational for Wisconsin's economy.

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