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In this Jan. 10, 2017, photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., accompanied by House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif., meets with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. For decades, congressional Republicans have pushed to slash the budget and reduce the size of the federal government, especially during the eight years Democratic President Barack Obama was in office. Now that Republican President-elect Donald Trump is poised to take charge, deficits and debt just don’t seem to matter to the GOP. The first significant piece of legislation under unified Republican rule is a budget measure that, as a prerequisite for a speedy repeal of the Affordable Care Act, endorses deficits adding almost $10 trillion to the debt over the coming decade. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Paul Ryan called Russia a 'global menace' led by a 'menacing man'


House Speaker Paul Ryan called Russia a "global menace led by a man who is menacing,” Thursday night during a town hall hosted by CNN.

"Vladimir Putin does not share our interests. He frustrates our interest," he said. Last week, Ryan issued a strong statement against Russia, condemning the communist nation's interference in "our political system" and "elections."

He answered questions from audience members on health care, immigration, trade, foreign policy and Trump tweets.

Here is Paul Ryan's original statement on Russia regarding the hacking.

Ryan said repealing the Affordable Care Act is a top item on his agenda.


"We want to advance repealing this law with its replacement at the same time,"  Ryan told CNN.  This is more in step with Trump's comments earlier in the week at his New York news conference.  Trump pledged to repeal and replace the heath-care bill  "essentially simultaneously."

What we have to do is figure out how to have a humane solution to this very legitimate, sincere problem, and respect the rule of law.
Paul Ryan

On Immigration, House Speaker Ryan said sanctuary cities are a violation of the rule of law. However, he added that Trump's task force is about deporting violent criminals. He assured an undocumented audience member that she doesn't have to worry "about some deportation force knocking" on her door.

He also took a moment to let the people know that he's learned how to dab.

Here's a mini recap from the town hall.

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