Paul Ryan Says He And Steve Bannon Are ‘Different Kinds Of Conservatives’

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) downplayed tensions with White House chief strategistSteve Bannonon Wednesday, but conceded theyre different kinds of conservatives.

In an interview on PBS NewsHour that aired Wednesday evening,host Judy Woodruff reminded Ryan that while Bannon was running the ultra-conservative website Breitbart in 2015, he took a special interest in Ryan and referred to him as the enemy.

Ryan chuckled and denied he has a problem with Bannon.

I dont really know him, Ryan said. Ive gotten to know him two or three times. Weve had a few meetings. Weve gotten along fine. Hes not someone I have a history with. Obviously I didnt know him when he was opposing me all those times. Were different kinds of conservatives. Thats something that I can safely say, I think.

Ryan emphasized that he and Bannon both are committed to Trumps agenda.

[I] see a person which I have a common cause and purpose with, Ryan said. Were different kinds of conservatives. We really dont know each other. But were all trying to get this agenda enacted, and thats why I dont see a problem here.

Critics question Ryans commitment to Trump and speculate hes made a Faustian bargain with the new administration to further his own legislative gains, as Washington Post reporter Michael Gerson wrote Monday.

Ryan brushed off Gersons article as a bunch of bull.

He also doubled down on his support for Trumps executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries and Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., though months ago he spoke out against Trumps campaign promise of a Muslim ban.

This isnt a Muslim ban, Ryan said. If it were, I would be opposed to it.

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