WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Friday that President Donald Trump’s inflammatory comments about immigration from Haiti, El Salvador and African nations are “unfortunate” and not constructive.
“I read those comments later last night; the first thing that came to my mind was ‘very unfortunate, unhelpful,’ ” Ryan said in response to a question during an interview at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee WisPolitics Luncheon.
Ryan explained that Trump’s comments reminded him of stories relayed by relatives about discrimination his Irish ancestors faced upon arriving in America.
The Washington Post reported that in a Thursday afternoon Oval Office meeting in which Trump and a bipartisan group of lawmakers met to negotiate renewal of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for Haitians, El Salvadorans and other immigrants as part of a broader immigration reform package-the president said: “Why are we having all these people from s***hole countries come here?”
Trump reportedly said: “Why do we need more Haitians? … Take them out.”
The Post based their report on unnamed sources said to have been briefed on the meeting.
Trump tweeted Friday morning that the Post report is inaccurate.