Paul Ryan calls Trump's 'sh*thole' comment 'very unfortunate' and 'unhelpful'

14 January, 2018, 12:51 | Author: Brenda Erickson
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"I think people are attaching them in their minds as far as leverage is concerned, but they won't be technically attached as far as legislation is concerned".

"It's a attractive story of America", he said.

After President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African countries that benefit from the US visa lottery program as "shitholes", House Speaker Paul Ryan lightly rebuked the president on Friday, calling the comments "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

If not, they will need votes from Democrats, who are insisting the bill includes a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. And the President further complicated things Thursday when he made highly incendiary comments about immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa, which have inflamed and brought criticism from many in Trump's own party.

Asked about how Trump's comments could impact a congressional deal on immigration reform, Ryan said: "We just have to get it done".

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Ryan said Congress will eventually have to address making changes to the social safety net, arguing the current structure is fiscally unsustainable. He said immigration is and should continue to be central to the American experience. "I think it's important we celebrate that".

"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the US on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads.

Trump tweeted Friday morning that the Post report is inaccurate. But he said he wants it to be part of a deal on border security.

"While at a luncheon in Wisconsin, Speaker Paul Ryan spoke about those comments in which Trump is reported to have called those nations "****hole countries".

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