House speaker talks taxes, tech – and Trump

Paul Ryan and Dennis Muilenburg
House Speaker Paul Ryan and Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg share the stage at a town hall meeting at Boeing’s Everett plant, with a nearly completed El Al 787 jet serving as a backdrop. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle)

EVERETT, Wash. – House Speaker Paul Ryan came to a town hall with workers at Boeing’s biggest airplane factory today to talk about taxes, but he also had to address another T-word: Trump.

The moment came when a Boeing worker noted that her company put a high value on respect, transparency and ethical behavior.

“I don’t know that every person sees that from our president right now. So my question for you, Speaker Ryan, is: How do you see yourself personally influencing, and are you confident that you can influence the president?” she said.

“It’s a day-by-day deal,” the Wisconsin Republican said. “I’m kind of joking.”

Then he turned more serious, lambasting “repulsive bigotry and racism in this country.”

“We can never get normal with this,” Ryan said. “We must always, every single time, stand up and repudiate it and condemn it unequivocally, every time.”

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By Alan Boyle

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