US House Speaker: Banning Muslims not in US interests
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan during a press conference at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2016 (AFP Photo/Saul Loeb)

Banning Muslims from entering the United States is not in the nation's interest, U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan said on Tuesday, standing in stark contrast to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's call to limit Muslim immigration.

"I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country's interests," Ryan, the nation's top elected Republican, told reporters, adding that people entering the country should face a "robust security test" but not a religious test.

(Reporting by Susan Cornwell and David Alexander; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)