Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) delivered remarks at the annual Alfred E. Smith dinner in Manhattan, N.Y.
Ryan gave a good-humored speech, cracking jokes about President Trump, Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Breitbart executive Steve Bannon and Hillary Clinton.
The dinner, named for 1928 presidential candidate Gov. Al Smith (D-N.Y.) is an annual gathering of prominent Catholics and other high-profile New Yorkers.
He started by mentioning the crowd around him, pointing out Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.), Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) and several financial executives.
Ryan said he hadn't been around so many Wall Street folks since he last visited the White House.
Ryan added that many people were offended with Trump's comments at last year's dinner, where he made jokes about Hillary Clinton.
The speaker said that he has indeed dealt many times with an "abrasive New Yorker with a loud mouth."
"But, once you get to know him, Chuck Schumer's not all that bad," he said.
He joked that Schumer, 66, is part of the Democrats' "youth movement."
"Wisconsin is a fantastic place to visit in the fall," he said of his home state. "Looking back, someone should've told Hillary Clinton that fact."
He warned against sending midnight tweets, saying it doesn't always end well for people - pointing to Trump and disgraced former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
Ryan reflected on being called out by members of Trump's political movement, including Bannon.
"Stephen Bannon said I was born in a Petri dish at the Heritage Foundation," he recalled, adding jokingly. "No one knew Steve believed in science."
But, Ryan said he and fellow vice-presidential runner-up Sarah Palin (R-Alaska) now have something else in common: "We can both see Russia from the House."
Ryan also praised Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York City, and conservative actress Patricia Heaton - the night's emcee - reflecting on their shared Catholicism.
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