Ryan Defends, Clarifies Trump's Tweet Criticizing FISA Bill

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After President Donald Trump reportedly referred to African countries that benefit from the USA visa lottery program as "shitholes", House Speaker Paul Ryan lightly rebuked the president on Friday, calling the comments "very unfortunate" and "unhelpful".

Trump came under fire for his alleged remarks following a bipartisan immigration meeting with senators at the White House Thursday.

However, in the tweet, Trump griped about surveillance of Americans, called the FISA Act "controversial", and referenced his baseless claim that the Obama administration spied on him during the 2016 campaign.

The measure passed 256-164, extending Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act through 2023. "What was really tough was the outlandish proposal made - a big setback for DACA!" He said he's confident they will reach a long-term spending agreement at some point, even if he can't say when. Made up by Dems. "Probably should record future meetings - unfortunately, no trust!" "We will have to do something short term", Ryan told a political forum in his native Wisconsin, when asked whether Congress would be able to reach a deal before government lights go out next Friday at midnight. We do not want to fix the symptom and ignore the cause.




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.

Ryan responded, "No, we won't do that".

"The first thing that came to my mind was 'very unfortunate, unhelpful.' What I thought of right away was my own family".

"We have to keep those separate because that's just not good government, just lopping all this stuff together", he said.

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