Donald Trump said the federal judge presiding over a lawsuit brought by former Trump University students has an "absolute conflict" in handling the case because he is "of Mexican heritage."
The presumptive Republican presidential nominee told The Wall Street Journal, in an interview in Friday's edition, that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel has "an inherent conflict of interest" because Trump is "building a wall," a reference to Trump's proposal to build a wall along the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
House Speaker Paul Ryan disavowed Trump's comments on Curiel.
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Ryan told WISN's "Up Front with Vicki McKenna" on Friday that the comment was "out of left field," NBC News reported.
"It's reasoning I don't relate to. I completely disagree with the thinking behind that," Ryan said.