Ryan Defends, Clarifies Trump's Tweet Criticizing FISA Bill

NATION-NOW     Paul Ryan Trump's comments on immigration 'unhelpful'             Paul Ryan Trump's comments on immigration'unhelpful

Just days after Ryan, McConnell and other congressional leaders met with Trump at Camp David to discuss the legislative year, Ryan said Friday that entitlement reform was no longer on his list, saying there wouldn't be enough bipartisan support for the idea.

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.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Friday that Republicans will not attach an immigration deal to a must-pass spending bill ahead of next week's deadline and predicted there would be no government shutdown.

When the moderator clarified that he was referring to "a word I can't mention" about African countries, Ryan said he was focused on other issues on Thursday and read those comments later at night.

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. He said that the first thing that came to mind is it's "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". "I think it's a big part of our strength, whether you are coming from Haiti".

"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. "Family. My family, like a whole of people, came from Ireland and worked the railroads". "I hear all these stories from my relatives about 'Irish need not apply.' We could basically get construction jobs (or be) cops or firefighters". He called immigration a handsome story of America and said people from Africa in his hometown of Janesville are incredible citizens.

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