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

Katrina Barker
January 14, 2018

Just days after Ryan, McConnell and other congressional leaders met with Trump at Camp David to discuss the legislative year, Ryan said Friday that entitlement reform was no longer on his list, saying there wouldn't be enough bipartisan support for the idea.

President Trump admitted that he used "tough language during his immigration reform meeting, however, he argued that the comments were not accurate".

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". However, his initial tweet raised questions about his grasp of the law, forcing Ryan to publicly defend Trump's knowledge of the FISA Act. He was referring to Trump's asking, during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, why the US should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa.

"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. He called immigration a attractive story of America and said people from Africa in his hometown of Janesville are incredible citizens. "I think it's a big part of our strength, whether you are coming from Haiti". "No I don't think there will be" a shutdown, Ryan said.

Paul Ryan says he doesn't think the House will pass entitlement reform this year
Ryan: Trump's Remarks About Africa 'Unhelpful'

Trump reportedly said: "Why do we need more Haitians?"

Ryan said the President's reported remarks are similar to what his Irish ancestors encountered upon their arrival.

The Post based their report on unnamed sources said to have been briefed on the meeting.

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