Ryan: Trump's Remarks About Africa 'Unhelpful'

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

Almost a day after reports surfaced that President Donald Trump referred to African countries as "shithole countries" in a White House meeting with lawmakers, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) called the remarks "unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

"It is a attractive story of America".

In response to the criticism over his alleged comments during the immigration meeting, Trump tweeted, "The language used by me at the DACA meeting was tough, but this was not the language used".

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


The president, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country".

Ryan said he wants immigration reform to focus not on the applicant's country but on what abilities they bring. Made up by Dems.

Ryan reiterated he is dedicated to finding a legislative solution to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program - the Obama-era initiative that extended temporary legal status to foreign nationals who illegally entered the country as minors - in coming weeks.

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?"


"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. "(C), you have a security component that has a DACA fix, and that gets you bipartisan support in the negotiation".

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. Ryan also said that he does not believe that we will see a government shutdown later this month.

"We have to keep those separate because that's just not good government, just lopping all this stuff together", he said.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), said the president's comments reminded him of stories relayed by relatives about discrimination his Irish ancestors faced upon arriving in America.


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