Ryan meets Mexican official after rebuking Trump's 'racist' remarks

Ryan meets Mexican official after rebuking Trump's 'racist' remarks

Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan: Graham-Cassidy 'best, last chance' to repeal ObamaCare Ryan: Americans want to see Trump talking with Dem leaders Overnight Finance: CBO to release limited analysis of ObamaCare repeal bill | DOJ investigates Equifax stock sales | House weighs tougher rules for banks dealing with North Korea MORE met with the Mexican secretary of Foreign Relations Tuesday, hours after saying Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE's comments about a Mexican-American judge were "textbook definition" racist.

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Secretary Claudia Ruiz Massieu, the Mexican administration's point person on a new strategy to revamp the country's image in the United States, addressed the American Jewish Committee in Washington Monday and held closed-door meetings with Ryan and members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday.

Ruiz told The Hill that the relationship between the two countries transcends the current political climate.

"The relationship between Mexico and the United States is stronger, bigger, more important than a specific moment," she said.

Ruiz's office tweeted photos of her meeting with Ryan and the Foreign Relations Committee.

Ryan's office confirmed the meeting took place but did not immediately respond to requests for comment on its content. 

During a visit with community activists in Washington Tuesday, the Speaker strongly disavowed Trump's comments about a Hispanic judge but didn't withdraw his endorsement of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Trump Thursday escalated his criticism of U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, an Indiana-born son of Mexican immigrants, saying the judge's ethnic background prevents him from being an objective arbiter of cases on Trump's embattled business venture Trump University.

Trump argued that his plan to build a wall on the Mexican border would make it impossible for a person of Mexican descent to hold an objective position; he later included Muslims, presumably because of his statements about banning Muslims from traveling to the United States.