House Speaker Ryan: Trump's comments 'unfortunate,…

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2018

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 spoke about his great-great-grandfather having to work those kind of jobs as immigrants until they settled in Janesville, and about the path of immigrants finding prosperity in America as "a thing to celebrate".

Ryan recalled his own family history of emigrating to the United States from Ireland.

Trump on Thursday rejected a pitch from a bipartisan team of senators on a compromise immigration deal to protect DACA participants while increasing border security. He was referring to Trump's asking, during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, why the US should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa.

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The government faces a January 19 deadline to provide the money to continue funding the federal government. He said he's confident they will reach a long-term spending agreement at some point, even if he can't say when. "And I think it's a big part of our strength".

Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, echoed that sentiment, saying he wants a "bipartisan consensus" on entitlement reform. He was not on the same page, however, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rejected the idea just before Christmas.

"We will have to do something short term", Ryan told a political forum in his native Wisconsin, when asked whether Congress would be able to reach a deal before government lights go out next Friday at midnight.

"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the US on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads.

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