On Mideast visit, US house speaker vows to confront Iran


U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., listens onstage during an event at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Ryan said Thursday that more needs to be done to challenge Iran, a message that was welcomed by his hosts in the UAE, where he is leading a Congressional delegation. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

By Associated Press Published: 08:17 EST, 25 January 2018 | Updated: 08:18 EST, 25 January 2018

Source: On Mideast visit, US house speaker vows to confront Iran

{While Speaker Ryan seems to saying all the right things and pushing all the right buttons, I feel he should be more concerned about the funding and legislative support needed to confront Iran and leave the foreign policy up to the big boys at the State Department and the White House.  However, I do remember seeing some articles about Ryan not running for reelection.  Seems he may want to be a candidate for POTUS.  That could explain this appearance on the foreign policy stage.  – LS}

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday that more needs to be done to challenge Iran, a message that was welcomed by his hosts in the United Arab Emirates, where he is leading a Congressional delegation.

In an address to the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, the Wisconsin Republican said the U.S. wants to challenge Iran’s ability to threaten the region with ballistic missiles and stop its expansion across the Middle East.

Emirati Ambassador to Washington Yousef al-Otaiba was so pleased with Ryan’s comments, he said the speech could have been his own.

Some 5,000 U.S. soldiers are based in the UAE, and its Jebel Ali port is the U.S. Navy’s busiest foreign port of call.

The delegation visited Saudi Arabia on Wednesday and met with Saudi King Salman.


U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, R-Wis., center, speaks while onstage with Emirati Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef al-Otaiba, left, and Bernardino Leon of the Emirates Diplomatic Academy ,during an event at the Emirates Diplomatic Academy, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. Ryan said Thursday that more needs to be done to challenge Iran, a message that was welcomed by his hosts in the UAE, where he is leading a Congressional delegation. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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