Paul Ryan: Sometimes Trump practices unifying politics, sometimes he doesn't

 Paul Ryan: Sometimes Trump practices unifying politics, sometimes he doesn't
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse vote fails to quell storm surrounding Steve King House passes resolution condemning white nationalism Anti-Defamation League calls on House leaders to censure Steve King over white supremacy comments MORE (R-Wis.) said in a new interview that President TrumpDonald John TrumpVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' Brown launches tour in four early nominating states amid 2020 consideration Pence on border wall: Trump won't be ‘deterred’ by Dem ‘obstruction’ MORE does and does not act in a unifying way.

"Sometimes he does and sometimes he doesn't," Ryan said on CBS's "Face the Nation" when asked if the president practiced unifying politics.

"But I mean, come on," CBS interviewer John Dickerson said. "Honestly."

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"Look on economic growth, on tax reform, on getting the military and helping veterans, those are things that he has led us to that have really brought people together," Ryan replied.

"He talks about those things at his rally and that is inclusive," he concluded.

Trump's rhetoric has been long criticized by the left as well as some on the right.

His political opponents particularly lambasted him for his comments after mail bombs were sent to high-profile Democrats last week. 

"Time and time again, the President has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions," said Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerOvernight Health Care: Dem chair meets Trump health chief on drug prices | Trump officials sued over new Kentucky Medicaid work rules | Democrats vow to lift ban on federal funds for abortions We can’t tackle climate change if we ignore the main polluter — transportation Hoyer introducing legislation to block Trump from lifting sanctions on Russian companies MORE (N.Y.) and and House Democratic Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiVeterans groups demand end to shutdown: 'Get your act together' On The Money: Shutdown Day 25 | Dems reject White House invite for talks | Leaders nix recess with no deal | McConnell blocks second House Dem funding bill | IRS workers called back for tax-filing season | Senate bucks Trump on Russia sanctions Overnight Defense: Trump faces blowback over report he discussed leaving NATO | Pentagon extends mission on border | Senate advances measure bucking Trump on Russia sanctions MORE (Calif.) in a joint statement following the president's comments on the attempted bombings.

The Democratic leaders said the president's words after the attempted bombings "ring hollow."

Trump condemned the bombings, calling for unity and a general change to make discourse more civil. 

"I just want to tell you that in these times, we have to unify. We have to come together and send one very clear, strong, unmistakable message that acts or threats of political violence of any kind have no place in the United States of America," he said, prior to Pelosi and Schumer's statement.

Trump also accused the media of "blaming" him in the spate of mail bombs.