Paul Ryan: ‘I’m Not Quite Ready’ to Support Trump Yet
The Republican Speaker of the House told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he was “not quite ready” to support his party’s presumptive nominee for president.
Paul Ryan said that the party needed a “standard-bearer that bears our standards.” Asked if he would support Donald Trump, he said, “At this point I’m just not there right now.”
He said that Trump had “some work to do” — demonstrating that he would defend conservative values and unite the different wings of the party.
It was only two months ago that Ryan made a passionate speech, condemning Trump (without naming the candidate) for courting the endorsements of bigots. He said at the time: “This party does not prey on people’s prejudices. We appeal to their highest ideals. This is the party of Lincoln. We believe all people are created equal in the eyes of God and our government. This is fundamental. And if someone wants to be our nominee, they must understand this.”
Later in the interview Tapper challenged Ryan to account for the vast differences he and Trump had in principle, as opposed to differences in policy.
“We have work to do,” he said. “As a lifelong conservative, I want to see our party unify.”
UPDATE — 6:17 p.m. ET: Donald Trump has responded to Paul Ryan here.
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