Paul Ryan said that he believed Donald Trump was “going to endeavor to try” to change his tone at the convention in order to stop alienating minority voters and others.
Speaking to NPR’s Steve Inskeep in an interview that was taped Thursday and released Friday, the House Speaker said that he was optimistic Trump would tone down the incendiary rhetoric.
“I just think improving temperament and inclusive rhetoric, and an agenda that invites people into our party, is something that I think anybody going from a primary to a general election needs,” Ryan said.
“I believe he’s going to endeavor to try” to change his behavior and tone, Ryan told Inskeep.
Trump said this week that any such pivot was unlikely. In an interview with Fox on Wednesday, Bret Baier asked if Trump was shifting toward a more “controlled, presidential” manner.
“I don’t think so. I want to be myself. It got me here,” Trump said.
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