Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Paul Ryan Laments President Trumps 'Sh*thole' Comments As 'Very Unfortunate' And 'Unhelpful'

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Melinda Barton | 13 January, 2018, 06:28

He then said their story of overcoming that oppression was "a attractive story of America".

"That is the story we have today and that is the story we had yesterday and that is what makes this is country so exceptional and unique in the first place", he said after describing how his great grandfather started a business now run by his cousins.

"No I don't think there will be" a shutdown, Ryan said. "So I see this as something to celebrate and I think it's a big part of our strength, whether you are coming from Haiti".

"I would like to find a way - and I don't know what exactly that's going to be - how do we get bipartisan consensus to fix these looming, debt problems we've got on the horizon", he said. 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.

Ryan on Friday called the comments "unfortunate" and "unhelpful" but argued negotiations for a deal regarding the DACA program must continue, even if it's not resolved by the January 19 spending deal deadline. "We've got great friends from Africa in Janesville who are doctors, who are just incredible citizens".

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.

But Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), who attended the Thursday meeting, claimed those quotes were accurate.

Friday morning, President Trump tweeted that he never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is a poor and troubled nation.