House Speaker Ryan says Trump comments about Hispanic judge are 'racist'

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan listens to House of Help City of Hope CEO Bishop Shirley Holloway as he holds an event to discuss the Republican Party's anti-poverty plan in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, U.S. June 7, 2016. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan on Tuesday disavowed Donald Trump’s criticism of a Hispanic judge, saying such remarks were the “textbook definition of a racist comment.”

Ryan, speaking at an event to unveil U.S. House Republicans’ policy proposals, said the presumptive Republican presidential nominee’s comments were absolutely unacceptable and indefensible.

Reporting by Richard Cowan, David Morgan and Susan Heavey Editing by W Simon