November 16, 2015

As new speaker, Ryan will be quickly tested on foreign policy

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist: Karoun Demirjian

New Speaker Paul Ryan built his reputation as the GOP’s strongman on fiscal policy – but when it comes to foreign affairs, Ryan has been a good soldier and not the leader of the fight.

Now that he’s stepped into the Republicans’ top spot in Congress, Ryan (R-Wisc.) is suddenly expected to speak for his party on national security, which Republicans rate as a top concern  — especially the battle against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

But few outside Ryan’s inner circle even know where the Wisconsin Republican stands on most foreign policy matters, or how he’ll choose when to counter or collaborate with the Obama administration.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.


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