Ryan defends Trump immigration order but regrets confusion
U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) speaks at U.S. President-elect Donald Trump's USA Thank You Tour event at the Wisconsin State Fair Exposition Center in West Allis, Wisconsin, U.S., December 13, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday defended President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration and refugees, but said he regretted the confusion caused by its implementation.


"The president has a responsibility to the security of this country," Ryan told reporters. "It's regrettable that there was confusion on the rollout of this. No one wanted to see people with green cards or special immigrant visas, like translators, get caught up in all of this."

The Wisconsin Republican said he spoke at length with U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and was "confident that he is, on a going forward basis, going to make sure that things are done correctly."

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)