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

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

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUnscripted Trump keeps audience guessing in Rose Garden Coulter defends Paul Ryan: This is 100 percent Trump's fault The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration MORE met with the Mexican secretary of Foreign Relations Tuesday, hours after saying Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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.