WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan says he's apologized in a telephone call to the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman for accusing the military of not giving its "true advice" on President Barack Obama's budget plan.
Military generals are required under oath to provide lawmakers their personal views on security matters, even if those views conflict with the White House. In this case, Gen. Martin Dempsey had testified that he thought Obama's $614 billion plan for defense spending next year was adequate. Dempsey said he stood by his testimony, despite Ryan's remarks.
On Sunday, the Wisconsin Republican said he was wrong for suggesting the generals weren't on the up and up. Ryan said he "really misspoke."
Ryan appeared on CNN's "State of the Union" and ABC's "This Week."
- President Barack Obama
- Martin Dempsey