Speaker Paul Ryan calls Pres. Trump's immigrant remarks 'unfortunate' and 'unhelpful'

House Speaker Paul Ryan speaks Friday at a luncheon in downtown Milwaukee

Ryan recalled his own family history of emigrating to the USA from Ireland. And the President further complicated things Thursday when he made highly incendiary comments about immigrants from Haiti and countries in Africa, which have inflamed and brought criticism from many in Trump's own party.

If not, they will need votes from Democrats, who are insisting the bill includes a solution to the expiring Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. A move to extend temporary funding beyond the January 19 deadline would be the fourth such extension, known as a "continuing resolution", since September, and would signal that the country's two warring political parties might be too far apart on budget issues and immigration to strike a bipartisan agreement this year. "So I see this as something to celebrate", Ryan added.

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. "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. "And I think it's a big part of our strength".

"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.

The comments from Ryan and Trump all but assure the Republican-held Congress will not move toward its long-held goal in the near future.

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