Paul Ryan called Donald Trump and scolded him about his attacks on a federal judge

Paul Ryan continues to support Trump

House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview set to air Sunday that he privately "explained" to Donald Trump "exactly" how he felt about recent attacks the presumptive Republican nominee has launched on a federal judge.

"I have, and I've explained exactly what I thought about that comment. I said it publicly and I said it privately," Ryan told ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos in a clip of the interview.

A spokesperson for Ryan's office told Business Insider that Trump called Ryan and the two had a conversation about the comments.

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The Manhattan billionaire has repeatedly said US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel's Mexican heritage made him unfit to oversee cases involving Trump University. The presumptive Republican nominee argued there was a conflict of interest because he favors building a wall and Curiel's parents are from Mexico. Curiel is an American and was born in Indiana.

Ryan has tried to move Trump away from such comments and more toward a policy-oriented campaign.

"Look, we want to offer the country a clear and compelling choice so that we can earn a mandate from the nation to fix our country's problems, a those kind of comments get in the way of that kind of dialogue we need to have with our fellow citizens," the Wisconsin Republican told ABC.

Stephanopoulos asked Ryan about whether Trump understands the backlash his comments about the judge have caused.

"I don't know the answer to that question," Ryan said. "Getting over that kind of a comment is not, that's, no - this is something that needed to be condemned."

"That comment is beyond the pale," he added. "That's not political correctness. Suggesting that a person can't do their job because of race or ethnicity, that's not a politically incorrect thing to do, that's just a wrong thing to say."

Retired neurosurgeon and former 2016 presidential contender Ben Carson said in an interviewpublished Friday that Donald Trump privately acknowledged his attacks on a federal judge's Mexican heritage were wrong.

Trump may have seen some of the backlash against his remarks in the latest Fox News national poll. The real-estate mogul dipped six points from last month, trailing Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by a 42% to 39% spread.

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Paul Ryan called Donald Trump and scolded him about his attacks on a federal judge

Trump: The Art of the Deal (1987)

“I like thinking big. I always have. To me it’s very simple: If you’re going to be thinking anyway, you might as well think big.”—Donald J. Trump

The America We Deserve (2000)

"The America We Deserve is Donald Trump's position paper on the major political issues facing our country."

Trump: How to Get Rich (2004)

"Real estate titan, bestselling author, and TV impresario Donald J. Trump reveals the secrets of his success in this candid and unprecedented book of business wisdom and advice."

Trump: Think Like a Billionaire: Everything You Need to Know About Success, Real Estate, and Life (2004)

"It’s not good enough to want it. You’ve got to know how to get it. Real estate titan, bestselling author, and TV star Donald J. Trump is the man to teach you the billionaire mind-set–how to think about money, career skills, and life."

Trump: The Best Golf Advice I Ever Received (2005)

"The host and coproducer of the megahit reality show The Apprentice presents a unique collection of golf advice."

Why We Want You to be Rich: Two Men – One Message (2006)

"Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki wrote Why We Want You To Be Rich because they saw how the turbulent economic climate would impact the middle class."

Think Big and Kick Ass in Business and Life (2007)

"Donald J. Trump is an icon: the very definition of the American success story. Republican Presidential candidate, reality-television star, and developer of some of the planet's most prestigious real estate, he's also become one of the world's wealthiest men."

Trump: The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received: 100 Top Experts Share Their Strategies (2007)

"Donald Trump has gathered in one book the best advice on real estate from the brightest and most experienced people…"

Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007)

"In Trump 101, Trump himself becomes your personal mentor and coach as he shares tips, tactics, and strategies, all designed to help you make the most of yourself, your career, and your life."

Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success (2008)

In Never Give Up, Donald Trump tells the dramatic stories of his biggest challenges, lowest moments, and worst mistakes—and how he uses tenacity and creativity to turn defeat into victory.

Think Like a Champion: An Informal Education in Business and Life (2009)

"Over the years, Donald Trump has written many bestselling books, and he has also written short pieces that summarize his singularly successful tenets on how to live the good life, both personally and professionally."

Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich—and Why Most Don't (2011)

"In Midas Touch, Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki ask the question: What’s an entrepreneur’s most important job? The answer: creating high-quality, stable jobs.
And in today’s marketplace, “jobs” are in high demand — and so are the skills and the innovation and vision of entrepreneurs."

Time to Get Tough: Making America No. 1 Again (2011)

"2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump has a plan to make America great again."

Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again (2015)

"Look at the state of the world right now. It’s a terrible mess, and that’s putting it mildly. There has never been a more dangerous time."


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