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Paul Ryan is reportedly telling friends 'Trump fatigue' really was a big reason for his departure

The speaker doth protest too much, sources think — at least when comes to his reasons for quitting.

Despite House Speaker Paul Ryan's repeated insistence that it wasn't his disagreements with President Trump that pushed him to decide not to run for re-election this year, Politico reports that he's been telling his friends otherwise.

Ryan announced Wednesday that he plans to leave Congress when his term ends this year, saying at a press conference that he wants to spend more time with his family while his teenaged children still live at home. Skeptics pointed toward his fraught relationship with Trump, wondering whether their conflicting points of view became too much for the speaker to bear. Ryan insisted to reporters that his departure had nothing to do with the president, but anonymous friends of Ryan's told Politico that wasn't the case.

Behind closed doors, Ryan has apparently said that while spending time with family really is his primary reason for leaving, "Trump fatigue" was close second. Ryan was fairly complimentary of the president in announcing his departure, telling CBS News on Thursday that Trump "gave us the ability to get historic things into law we've been trying to get for a generation."

But you know what they say: To thine own self be true.