"Family. My family, like a whole of people, came from Ireland and worked the railroads".
"It is a lovely story of America". "I don't see us tackling it this year", he said at a WisPolitics Event at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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.
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?"
Trump's first tweet about surveillance on Thursday mentioned a House vote on a section of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that allows the FISA court to demand communications made by foreign persons not on US soil from USA companies like Google and AT&T.
Trump sowed confusion over the bill by sending a tweet that resurrected his prior claims that his campaign team had been spied upon.
The president, "Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country". He said he's confident they will reach a long-term spending agreement at some point, even if he can't say when. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!"
Ryan reiterated that he wants to craft a legislative solution to protect so-called "Dreamers" and make the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program permanent. "But you know what I thought of right away?"
Ryan also said that he is confident that there will not be a government shutdown next week, as lawmakers scramble to negotiate spending legislation to keep it operating.
Speaker Ryan said, "No we won't do that".