Ryan on Trump's feuds with GOP lawmakers: 'It's what he does'
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House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanSpending deal talks down to toughest issues, lawmakers say Schiff: I thought more Republicans would speak out against Trump Dem leaders pull back from hard-line immigration demand MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday dismissed President Trump's habit of feuding with GOP senators as just "what he does," saying that he and other members of Congress try to focus on their jobs instead of getting embroiled in disputes. 

"It's what he does," Ryan told NBC's Kasie Hunt. “We have kind of learned to live with it." 

He was asked whether Trump's recent feuds with Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerSenate tees up Yemen vote for Tuesday Senate GOP: Legislation to protect Mueller not needed America cannot afford to be left behind on global development MORE (R-Tenn.) and Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseThe Hill's 12:30 Report Overnight Defense: Trump unveils new sanctions against Russia | Key Republicans back VA chief amid controversy | Trump gives boost to military 'space force' McCain, Sasse call for coordinated NATO response to poisoning of ex-Russian spy MORE (R-Neb.) are "helpful" to advancing the Republican agenda.

"We are here to represent our constituents, to advance our principles, pass solutions; that's what we are focused on and I try to get our members to just not get distracted by these things," he said. 


Both Corker and Sasse have been critical of the president on various issues. 

Trump attacked Corker over the weekend in a series of tweets as a "negative voice." In a later tweet, he referred to the senator as "'Liddle' Bob." 

Sasse recently suggested Trump is in conflict with the First Amendment, following Trump's comment that it's "disgusting the press is able to write whatever it wants to write."

"Are you tonight recanting of the oath you took on January 20 to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?" Sasse asked Trump in a statement, referring to the Constitutional protection of a free press. 

Ryan said he has clashed with the president in the past, although not over the free press issue.

"He and I — not on this particular issue — but we have had our own engagements in the past too. I don't think it — what I am trying to get our members to do is just focus on our jobs," Ryan told Hunt. 

The full NBC interview with Ryan will air on Sunday.