Paul Ryan says Trump's slur against African countries is 'unfortunate, unhelpful'


He said that the first thing that came to mind is it's "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". "Thought about my own family", adds "my family came from Ireland and worked the railroads, the Irish were really looked down upon back in those days".

Janesville's Speaker of the House of Representatives has criticized the comments reportedly made by President Donald Trump about Haiti and African nations during a meeting on immigration Thursday. "I don't see us tackling it this year", he said at a WisPolitics Event at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

He then said their story of overcoming that oppression was "a lovely story of America". Trump told senators in the Oval Office in reference to African countries, according to a source briefed on the meeting, the comments from which were first reported by The Washington Post.

Ryan reiterated that he wants to craft a legislative solution to protect so-called "Dreamers" and make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent.

The speaker said the spending legislation to keep the government open would be another short-term bill to give lawmakers more time to hash out final details. He was not on the same page, however, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rejected the idea just before Christmas.

"I think we need to re-work our immigration system", Ryan said.

"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.

Ryan said Congress will eventually have to address making changes to the social safety net, arguing the current structure is fiscally unsustainable.