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 TrumpIran convicts American businessman on spying charge: report DC, state capitals see few issues, heavy security amid protest worries Pardon-seekers have paid Trump allies tens of thousands to lobby president: NYT 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 EngelState Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies How Congress dismissed women's empowerment 2020: A year in photos MORE (D-N.Y.), was out of order.

The measure would have had the effect of endorsing Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRevising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration COVID-19 relief bill: A promising first act for immigration reform 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 ClintonRep. John Katko: Why I became the first Republican lawmaker to support impeachment Can we protect our country — from our rulers, and ourselves? For Joe Biden, an experienced foreign policy team MORE and criticizing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump 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."