Paul Ryan: Leaders must push beyond 'passions of the moment'


House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke up forcefully in a Facebook post on Monday against the recent violence in Charlottesville and the death of Heather Heyer, the woman killed when a vehicle plowed into a group of counter protestors.

The Wisconsin Republican's remarks come after President Donald Trump drew bipartisan criticism for saying "both sides" were responsible for the deadly clash between white supremacists and counterprotesters in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Ryan said he has spoken with Trump about the fall agenda and the timeline. "We will not tolerate this hateful ideology in our society".

Earlier in the day Ryan and Walden made an appearance at Intel in Hillsboro where they talked tax reform.

"Ryan stressed further, 'The never-ending drama actually helps us concentrate our minds and focus on getting this done, especially because of the acrimony that's in America and the distraction". "Our annual camping trip is the kind of time away we really cherish these days", he said.

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"We have the least competitive tax system in the industrialized world... for Boeing, it means we are taxing this business, these planes, your jobs in this country at a much higher rate than our competitors tax theirs", Ryan said at a town hall after touring Boeing's facility in Washington. So the big decision-making provisions in the tax code?

"I would just say that I think it's important that we all stay unified as Republicans to complete our agenda", Ryan said. The House speaker also said that border patrol agents told him the barrier is necessary along certain parts of the landscape, during his tour of the Rio Grande Valley in February.

The only question for Ryan from Intel employees was on how immigration reform could affect tech companies.

Critics have argued such a plan gives major breaks to the wealthy and smaller ones to middle class families, while driving up the prices of imported goods, which would cost families more money when they go to buy those goods.

Ryan tried to fly the drone toward assembled media members, in jest, but the drone stopped short.