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Paul Ryan Calls Trump 'Shithole' Comments 'Very Unfortunate, Unhelpful'

Paul Ryan Calls Trump 'Shithole' Comments 'Very Unfortunate, 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.

The Wisconsin Republican said while it's "a wishlist of mine" he "doesn't see us tackling it this year". It's unclear whether they have enough votes within their own party to pass it. "That's because that's just not good government".

Bipartisan immigration talks stalled on Thursday after Trump threw "gasoline to the fire", in the words of Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.), by dismissing immigrants from "shithole countries".

"First thing that came to my mind was, very unfortunate, unhelpful", Ryan said. He said he's confident they will reach a long-term spending agreement at some point, even if he can't say when. And Ryan said he immediately thought about oppression his family had faced.




Ryan also conceded that House Republicans would not aggressively pursue entitlement reform this year, despite saying last month it was on the agenda.

When the moderator pressed Ryan on how lawmakers could find a deal when Trump was making those sorts of comments, Ryan said, "We just have to get it done".

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.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has long wanted to restructure entitlement programs, and there was some speculation that Republicans might try to reform Medicare and Social Security in the wake of their big tax victory in December.


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