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Here’s a look at the US reaction to President Trump’s comments

President Trump.
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President Trump.

Paul Ryan

House Speaker Paul Ryan was asked about President Trump’s comments during an interview Friday.

“I read those comments later last night, so first thing that came to my mind was, very unfortunate, unhelpful,” said Ryan.

He did not call on the president to apologize for the remarks.

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Ryan said he thought about his own ancestors who came to the United States from Ireland and faced discrimination.

Dianne Feinstein

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Senator Dianne Feinstein suggested President Trump should resign in the wake of his vulgar Oval Office comments Thursday.

In a tweet, the California Democrat said there was “no room for racism in the Oval Office.”

Hillary Clinton

President Trump’s former presidential campaign rival, Hillary Clinton, slammed Trump’s “racist” views in a blunt tweet Friday.

Clinton lamented that Trump’s comments came so close to the eighth anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti that killed hundreds of thousands of people.

John McCain

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Senator John McCain, a frequent Trump critic and Republican from Arizona, did not mention Trump by name Friday but spoke out in defense of diversity in the United States, calling the opposition to those values an opposition to “the very idea of America.”

Mia Love

Representative Mia Love, a Republican from Utah and a Haitian-American, condemned the remarks and called on Trump to apologize.

“The President’s comments are unkind, divisive, elitist, and fly in the face of our nation’s values,” she wrote on Twitter.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden, the former vice president and subject of speculation about his interest in a possible presidential run in 2020, tweeted Friday that Trump’s remarks were “not how a president should behave.”

Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol, the editor of the conservative Weekly Standard, tweeted the story of 28-year-old Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant and member of the Army National Guard who died after rescuing his neighbors from a deadly fire in the Bronx last month.

Trevor Noah

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‘‘As someone from South Shithole, Trevor is deeply offended by the president’s remarks,’’ The Daily Show tweeted of its South African-born host, Trevor Noah.

Pastor stands by Trump

A prominent evangelical supporter of Trump’s is standing by him after Trump used a vulgarity to describe African countries.

The Rev. Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas says that, apart from the reported choice of words, ‘‘Trump is right on target in his policy.’’

Jeffress says Trump has a constitutional responsibility as commander in chief to protect the U.S. ‘‘above the needs of other countries.’’ Jeffress says Trump has courage and deserved gratitude for his leadership.

Jeffress sent out the statement as many evangelical leaders condemned the remarks as offensive and racist.

People briefed on the Oval Office conversation on immigration reform Thursday said Trump questioned why the United States would accept more immigrants from Haiti and what he called “shithole countries’’ in Africa.