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

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

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

"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".

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".

Ryan reiterated he is dedicated to finding a legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - the Obama-era initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors - in coming weeks. The White House meeting on immigration included a bipartisan group of senators.

The government faces a January 19 deadline to provide the money to continue funding the federal government. "We just have to get it done", he said. Never said "take them out". As a result, Ryan said he doubts there will be a government shutdown.

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 said on Friday, "We need to fix DACA that (A) gets strong bipartisan support, that (B) does it in a thorough way so that we do not have another DACA problem five to ten years down the road".

"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.

CORRECTION: This story's headline was updated to reflect that Ryan's remarks on overhauling entitlement programs referred in this instance to Medicare and Social Security.

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