Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslims from entering the United States left House and Senate lawmakers scrambling to distance themselves from the flamboyant front-runner, although many stopped short of declaring they would not endorse him if he becomes the Republican nominee.

Both Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., began their remarks to reporters outside the Senate chamber by condemning Trump's plan to prevent Muslims from entering the United States.

"It's completely inconsistent with American values," McConnell said, adding that such a proposal would prevent King Abdullah of Jordan and other foreign heads of state from traveling here. Trump said in the morning that he'd still allow foreign leaders to enter even if they were Muslims.

Ryan said Trump's comments are "not conservatism" and "not what the party stands for."

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