Ryan: Reported '****hole' comment by Trump 'very unfortunate, unhelpful'

Posted January 14, 2018

"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".

After President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African countries that benefit from the USA visa lottery program as "shitholes", House Speaker Paul Ryan lightly rebuked the president on Friday, calling the comments "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

Ryan didn't issue a statement on Trump's comments, and when he was asked about what Trump said Thursday, Ryan joked that Trump "said a lot of things yesterday, which one are you talking about?"

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Trump came under fire for his alleged remarks following a bipartisan immigration meeting with senators at the White House Thursday.

"I don't see us tackling it this year", he said at an event in Wisconsin.

The government faces a January 19 deadline to provide the money to continue funding the federal government.

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Speaker Ryan added that he remains committed to a fix to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) illegal aliens. "We just have to get it done", he said.

Washington:US lawmakers will resort to passing a short-term federal spending deal next week to avoid an embarrassing government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday, as prospects for a long-term 2018 agreement dimmed. He said he's confident they will reach a long-term spending agreement at some point, even if he can't say when.

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, echoed that sentiment, saying he wants a "bipartisan consensus" on entitlement reform.

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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. "But you know what I thought of right away?"