Speaker Ryan: Trump's 'S**thole' Comments Were 'Very Unfortunate, Unhelpful'

Speaker Ryan: Trump's 'S**thole' Comments Were 'Very Unfortunate, Unhelpful'

At the same event on Friday, Speaker Ryan described President Donald Trump's alleged comment that African nations and Haiti are "shithole countries" as "very unfortunate, unhelpful". "It is a lovely story of America, and that is a great story".

"I read those comments later last night; the first thing that came to my mind was 'very unfortunate, unhelpful, ' " Ryan said in response to a question during an interview at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WisPolitics Luncheon.

"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. "I see this as a thing to celebrate, and I think it's a big part of our strength".

Since the Washington Post and the New York Times first reported Trump's derogatory comments on Thursday afternoon, few Republicans have offered criticism of the President, including the Republican lawmakers who were present at the meeting.

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It's clear that President Trump's remarks regarding "sh*thole countries" are, like his comments made shortly after the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, not going away.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has previously said he does not think the GOP-majority Senate could pass a welfare reform bill on a partisan basis.

Ryan reiterated that he wants to craft a legislative solution to protect so-called "Dreamers" and make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent. He said that regardless of what Mr. Trump said, however, lawmakers need to come together on so-called Dreamers, or those brought to the USA illegally as children.

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