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Paul Ryan calls Putin a ‘devious thug’

A spokesman for House Speaker Paul Ryan says Russian President Vladimir Putin should stay out of the US presidential election.

The brief statement from Brendan Buck on Wednesday comes as Democrats blamed Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee. Republican Donald Trump called for Russia to infiltrate Hillary Clinton’s email, an unprecedented suggestion to a foreign power to conduct cyberspying on a presidential candidate.

Buck says in a statement: “Russia is a global menace led by a devious thug. Putin should stay out of this election.”

Ryan is backing Trump’s candidacy though he has been tepid in his endorsement, calling out the nominee on immigration and other issues.

AP

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaking with reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/via JTA)
House Speaker Paul Ryan speaking with reporters at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C., April 13, 2016. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/via JTA)

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