Resolution rebuking Trump over Putin ruled out of order by House
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The House rejected a resolution on Tuesday that would have rebuked President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' MORE for his remarks at a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The House ruled that the measure, offered by House Foreign Affairs ranking member Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelDemocrats say they have game changer on impeachment Paul blocks vote on House-passed Syria resolution for second time Overnight Defense: Trump weighs leaving some troops in Syria to 'secure the oil' | US has pulled 2,000 troops from Afghanistan | Pelosi leads delegation to Afghanistan, Jordan MORE (D-N.Y.), was out of order.

The measure would have had the effect of endorsing Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate MORE’s (R-Wis.) statement criticizing Trump’s remarks, in which Trump cast doubt on Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election by saying he believed Putin’s denial.

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Trump made a number of other remarks that were unusual for a U.S. president at the press conference, raising his victory over Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Memo: Trump 'lynching' firestorm is sign of things to come Hillary Clinton has said she'd consider 2020 race if she thought she could win: report Nielsen on leaving Trump administration: 'Saying no and refusing to do it myself was not going to be enough' MORE and criticizing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s investigation. He also blamed that probe and past U.S. governments for the sour U.S.-Russia relationship, rather than any actions by Russia.

And he did not seek to correct or stand up to any of Putin’s statements during the press conference.

Ryan on Monday said there was no question that Russia had interfered in the 2016 election.

“There is no question that Russia interfered in our election and continues attempts to undermine democracy here and around the world,” Ryan said in a statement. “The president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally. There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals. The United States must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy.”

Because Engel’s time on the floor was yielded solely for the purpose of debate, he needed unanimous consent for his measure to be considered.

“I deeply regret that a member of the Speaker's own party just blocked the House from speaking with one voice and taking up this resolution by unanimous consent,” Engel said on the floor. “We must reject the president's capitulation to Putin, we must stand up for American leadership on the global stage, and we must demand that this administration treat Russia like the enemy it is."