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"Every morning, I wake up in my office and scroll Twitter to see which tweets I will have to pretend that I didn't see later," Ryan told the dinner's attendees.
"I know last year at this dinner Donald Trump offended some people with his comments, which critics said went too far," Ryan said, referring to the 2016 charity event the month before the election where Trump got booed for his sharp-edged jokes about Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBudowsky: Why GOP donors flock to Manchin and Sinema Countering the ongoing Republican delusion Republicans seem set to win the midterms — unless they defeat themselves MORE.
"Some said it was unbecoming of a public figure and that his comments were offensive," Ryan continued. "Well, thank God he's learned his lesson."
The dinner, which was named for former New York Gov. Alfred E. Smith (D), the first Catholic nominee for president, is a white tie fundraiser for Catholic charities.
The event has become a friendly meeting ground for presidential candidates, who often take light-hearted jabs at one another.
However, last year's dinner during the tumultuous 2016 presidential campaign got tense, with Trump and Clinton taking aim at one another.
"Hillary accidentally bumped into me and she very civilly said: ‘Pardon me,'" Trump said.
"And I very politely replied, ‘Let me talk to you about that after I get into office,’” Trump said, referring to his threat to prosecute Clinton over her use of private email as secretary of State.
Clinton in turn hit Trump on his past remarks on women, saying, "People look at the Statue of Liberty and they see a proud symbol of our history as a nation of immigrants. A beacon of hope for people around the world. Donald looks at the Statue of Liberty and sees a four. Maybe a five if she loses the torch and tablet and changes her hair."