House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that the presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump was “not my kind of conservative.”
“He’s not my kind of conservative, but I come from a different part and wing of the party,” Ryan said Monday at a Wall Street Journal lunch in Cleveland, according to The Hill.
“I think he is a conservative,” Ryan added. “There are different kinds of conservatives, that’s for darn sure.”
Ryan has toed a narrow line with Trump, frequently criticizing the candidate’s rhetoric and provocations, while urging the party to unify behind the presumptive nominee. During the primary, he was fiercely critical of Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the country, rebuked him for his “textbook racist” remarks about a federal judge’s Mexican heritage, and blasted him for broadcasting an anti-Semitic image from his Twitter account.
Ryan said in an interview with NPR last week that was confident Trump was “going to endeavor to try” to change his tone at the convention.
However, on Monday, he praised the selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as a running mate, saying it showed “good judgment.”
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