Speaker Ryan: The world is worried about Trump

April 14, 2016
U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers a speech on "the state of American politics" to interns on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) delivers a speech on “the state of American politics” to interns on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, the popular Republican who has constantly reaffirmed this campaign season that he is not running for president, despite what members of his party may want, said on Thursday there’s someone who is running that some foreign leaders are worried about: Donald Trump.

“Everybody pays attention to our politics,” Ryan told reporters on Thursday, at a breakfast he convened after returning from a trip to the Middle East.

Trump, the blustery front-runner Republican candidate, has drawn ire from across the globe, particularly for his proposals to ban Muslims from the United States and build a wall along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.

Ryan said on Thursday that he told foreign officials throughout his trip that he had denounced Trump’s Muslim ban when it was proposed, which they had noted and appreciated.

“People over there knew about it and thanked me for doing it,” Ryan said.

The U.S. congressman from Wisconsin visited Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia, among other nations. He said he thought it was unrealistic to believe that the country would be safe if it pulled back from the rest of the world, as Trump has indicated an interest in doing.

Ryan also noted that despite the interest he saw in American politics, he was not once asked if he was sure he wasn’t going to run for president himself.

The comment offered a contrast to what Ryan has seen from inside the United States, where he has repeatedly been asked whether he will run for the party’s nomination. Ryan held a press conference on Tuesday to reiterate that he will not run, which by one count was the 20th time he has made such a statement.

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