Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

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

Ryan 'I don't see us tackling' entitlement reform this year Getty Images
Andrew Cummings | 14 January, 2018, 00:29

"I thought about my own family".

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

"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.

After The Washington Post first reported Mr. Trump's remarks, later confirmed by CBS News' Nancy Cordes, the White House did not deny the comment in a statement.

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.

US Halts $125 Million in Funding for Palestinian Refugees
The decision, backed by Israel and U.S. lawmakers, flew in the face of worldwide diplomacy and threatened to stall peace talks. On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump tweeted he was considering halting payments to the PA.

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It comes as two reporters for Reuters news agency face trial for receiving secret documents reportedly related to the massacre. The military of Myanmar has admitted that its soldiers killed 10 captured Rohingya Muslims, who they labelled "terrorists".

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Prime Minister Youssef Chahed called for calm, while at the same time affirming the right to demonstrate in the streets. The protest movement began spontaneously after a few people tagged the phrase on walls across cities in Tunisia .

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

Ryan also said that he is confident that there will not be a government shutdown next week, as lawmakers scramble to negotiate spending legislation to keep it operating. "I think we'll get a down payment on some of these problems and keep fighting, keep working to get the rest of it done".

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

"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the USA on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads. The president said overhauling social safety net programs is "going to have to be bipartisan".

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