Friday, July 28, 2017

'He's learning as he goes': Ryan cites Trump's inexperience amid Comey testimony


‘I’m not saying it’s an acceptable excuse. It’s just my observation,’ says U.S. House Speaker

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 08, 2017 12:38 PM ET
Last Updated: Jun 08, 2017 12:43 PM ET

House Speaker Paul Ryan says U.S. President Donald Trump is “learning as he goes” about government and probably did not fully understand the protocols that keep the FBI separate from the president.

On Thursday, Ryan was asked about ousted FBI director James Comey’s account that Trump pushed him to drop the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Comey is testifying in the Senate that the request made him uncomfortable and spurred him to write detailed memos of his conversations with Trump.

Ryan said he had not been watching the hearings, but defended Trump.

“He’s new in government, and so therefore I think he’s learning as he goes,” Ryan told reporters at a news conference. “I’m not saying it’s an acceptable excuse. It’s just my observation.”

Ryan said Trump is probably frustrated that speculation has swirled around him even after being told by Comey three times that he was not directly under investigation

With files from Reuters

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