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Ryan: Trump's inflammatory immigration comments are 'very unfortunate'

14 January 2018

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House Speaker Paul Ryan regarded President Donald Trump's alleged comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African nations "sh*thole countries" as "unfortunate" and "unhelpful" Friday.

"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 of my own family".

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"You're going to have to find bipartisan consensus to fix these thorny long-term problems, and we don't have that right now", he said.

He then said their story of overcoming that oppression was "a handsome story of America". "I think it's important we celebrate that".

Ryan said he didn't think there would be a government shutdown, adding that Republicans and Democrats are making progress on spending caps. But he said he wants it to be part of a deal on border security.

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"So that the visas are not given based on, you know, relations, other than the nuclear family, but are based on skills, based on what we need", Ryan said.

Trump on Friday, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and GOP Senator Lindsey Graham, who were in that meeting at the White House, say the reports are accurate with Graham saying he "said his piece" to the President.

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Ryan: Trump's inflammatory immigration comments are 'very unfortunate'