'Focus on your job': Retiring Paul Ryan tells CNN's Tapper that Trump should 'compartmentalize' the Stormy Daniels scandal
CNN's Jake Tapper (left) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI, right) speaking shortly after he announced his retirement. Image via screengrab.

After announcing his plans to retire from Congress at the end of his term, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told CNN's Jake Tapper that President Donald Trump should focus on his role as president in light of his lawyer being raided by the FBI for information about payments paid to alleged mistresses and the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.


When Tapper asked Ryan if he'd read the most recent New York Times report that broke the story about the FBI's warrant to search Trump's longtime attorney Michael Cohen for "all records" related to the Access Hollywood tape, the House Speaker admitted that he hadn't.

"I didn't read the article," Ryan said, noting that he's "obviously familiar" with the story.

"I just the think the way the president ought to handle this is compartmentalize it and focus on doing your job," the Wisconsin Republican said. "We've got issues with Syria, we've got balanced budget amendment we're passing this week. We've got a lot to do, and that's what I'm focused on."

Tapper brought up his relationship with the president, but Ryan coolly deflected by saying that he and Trump are "very different people."

Watch below, via CNN: