Ryan: Trump's Remarks About Africa 'Unhelpful'

Ryan: Trump's Remarks About Africa 'Unhelpful'

Ryan: Trump's Remarks About Africa 'Unhelpful'

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 didn't issue a statement on Trump's comments, and when he was asked about what Trump said Thursday, Ryan joked that Trump "said a lot of things yesterday, which one are you talking about?"

The Wisconsin Republican added that he does not believe the government will shut down over the continued negotiations regarding spending and DACA. It's unclear whether they have enough votes within their own party to pass it. He was referring to Trump's asking, during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers, why the USA should admit more immigrants from "shithole countries" in Africa. 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. 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.

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

Ryan said Congress will eventually have to address making changes to the social safety net, arguing the current structure is fiscally unsustainable. "But you know what I thought of right away?" He was not on the same page, however, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who rejected the idea just before Christmas.

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