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Ryan: Trump’s comments about judge ‘out of left field’

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Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Friday disavowed Donald Trump’s accusation that a judge handling lawsuits against Trump University has a conflict of interest due to his ethnicity.

A day after endorsing Trump, Ryan during an interview with WISN’s “Up Front with Vicki McKenna” criticized the remarks the presumptive GOP presidential nominee made earlier this week.

“Look, the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field for my mind. It’s reasoning I don’t relate to. I completely disagree with the thinking behind that,” Ryan said.

{mosads}During an interview with The Wall Street Journal this week, Trump said that Judge Gonzalo Curiel wouldn’t be impartial in the civil fraud lawsuits against Trump University because of his Mexican heritage. Curiel was born in Indiana to Mexican immigrants.

“I’m building a wall. It’s an inherent conflict of interest,” Trump said.

Ryan, who dragged out endorsing Trump over the last month, emphasized that he still has style and policy disagreements with the former reality TV star.

“He clearly says and does things I don’t agree with. And I’ve had to speak up on time to time when that has occurred, and I’ll continue to do that if that’s necessary. I hope it’s not,” Ryan said.

The Speaker has publicly rebuked Trump on multiple occasions over the last year. Ryan condemned violence at Trump’s rallies, his proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., and his languid disavowal of support from a white supremacist.

Ryan and Trump also disagree on a variety of policy issues, including trade deals, Planned Parenthood and entitlement programs.

Yet Ryan emphasized he feels Republicans have a better chance of enacting conservative policies with Trump than if Democrat Hillary Clinton becomes president.

“We need a partner in the White House to help us advance these bills that we’ve been passing,” Ryan said. “It’s clear to me that these things we care about have a far, far better chance of succeeding and actually occurring than with Hillary Clinton.”

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