U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.
Paul Ryan: Trump has to clean up his social media use
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CNN  — 

Donald Trump on Monday offered very public praise for a political candidate vying to unseat one of the top Republicans in Washington – House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Trump, who is facing an onslaught of criticism from Ryan and other top Republicans for his comments about the Muslim family of a deceased US soldier, thanked Ryan’s Republican primary challenger, Paul Nehlen, on Twitter Monday for his “kind words.”

“Thanks to @pnehlen for your kinds words, very much appreciated,” the Republican presidential nominee tweeted, in what amounts to an extraordinary show of discord between two of the most prominent faces of the Republican Party.

Nehlen, a businessman who like Trump has never held public office, has praised Trump and had recently tweeted articles and comments supporting the GOP nominee.

“My pleasure, Sir. Just want to Make America Great Again,” Nehlen responded from his account 10 minutes after Trump’s tweet.