Dem: Mideast leaders concerned about rhetoric from GOP presidential candidates

Dem: Mideast leaders concerned about rhetoric from GOP presidential candidates
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After a recent trip to the Middle East, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) said leaders he spoke with there are concerned about the rhetoric coming from Republican presidential candidates.  

"There was a general sense that the level of immaturity and lack of sophistication of the problems and complexity in that region were worrisome to them," Ryan said in a recent interview with The Hill. 


"One guy wants to carpet bomb, one guy wants to blow everybody up, you know, it lacks the nuance that someone running for the president should understand without it having to be explained to them," he continued. 

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Ryan, who sits on the House Appropriations and Budget committees, traveled to Iraq, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain during his trip to the region last week. 

In Israel, he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro. In the UAE, Ryan met with Emirati defense leaders. 

"Everyone that lives there knows how complicated it is," Ryan said. "People know it's more complicated than carpet bombing and the other hot rhetoric that's coming out of the Republican Party."