President Donald Trump faced massive backlash from the media and a number of politicians Thursday evening after he reportedly referred to foreign countries as “sh--hole countries” in a private meeting about DACA. Sources leaked Trump’s alleged remarks to the media, which the president has since denied.
Democratic Senator Richard Durbin made an appearance Friday morning, slamming President Trump. Durbin insisted that the reports are true, and additionally, called Trump’s comments “hate-filled” and “racist.”
However, several Republicans have come to the President’s defense including conservative political commentators Mark Dice and Tomi Lahren. Both pointed out that Trump’s remarks had not been confirmed to be true, and even if they were, there was truth to what he said, in their opinion.
One member of the Republican Party who did not defend Trump was Speaker Paul Ryan. Ryan called the President’s comments “unfortunate” and “unhelpful.”
Ryan, who said he was not present at the meeting, stated, “I read those comments later last night, so first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful.”
He continued, “I thought about my own family. My family, like a whole lot of people came from Ireland on what they called 'coffin ships' and worked the railroads," Ryan said. "It is a beautiful story of America, and that is a great story. That is the story today, and that is the story we had yesterday, and that is what makes this country so exceptional and unique in the first place."
Watch Speaker Ryan’s response below:
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