Ryan Had To Personally School Trump On FISA After Botched Tweet

House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis. speaks during a news conference Thursday Jan. 11 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Wis. speaks during a news conference Thursday Jan. 11 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington

Ryan says Trump had concerns about other parts of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) program not addressed by the bill that passed Thursday.

After President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African countries that benefit from the US visa lottery program as "shitholes", House Speaker Paul Ryan lightly rebuked the president on Friday, calling the comments "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful". However, his initial tweet raised questions about his grasp of the law, forcing Ryan to publicly defend Trump's knowledge of the FISA Act. He admits efforts toward such a compromise are complicated by reports President Donald Trump referred to Haiti and African countries as "expletive-holes" during a meeting the day before.

"I thought about my own family", he said, describing his Irish immigrant relatives who came to the USA on what he said were called "coffin ships" and began working the railroads. He said the President's words reminded him of what his ancestors recalled hearing when they came to America. I see this as a thing to celebrate. "Thought about my own family", adds "my family came from Ireland and worked the railroads, the Irish were really looked down upon back in those days".

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Ryan said he wants immigration reform to focus not on the applicant's country but on what abilities they bring. As a result, Ryan said he doubts there will be a government shutdown.

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?"

Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday afternoon broke his silence and condemned President Trump's remark about "sh*thole countries" from a day earlier.

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