Republican primary front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNorth Korea conducts potential 6th missile test in a month Kemp leading Perdue in Georgia gubernatorial primary: poll US ranked 27th least corrupt country in the world MORE on Friday said he does not anticipate a brokered convention will decide the party’s presidential nominee.
“I don’t see it. I don’t see it,” Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I mean, honestly, I don’t see a brokered — they keep talking, I think, they keep talking because it’s exciting, you know, having a brokered [convention].”
“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he added.
Speaker of the House Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHow Kevin McCarthy sold his soul to Donald Trump On The Trail: Retirements offer window into House Democratic mood Stopping the next insurrection MORE (R-Wisc.) on Thursday said the idea of a brokered convention was “ridiculous” but would not rule it out.
“How do I know?” Ryan said when asked by The Hill whether he could absolutely rule out the possibility of a brokered convention. “No one knows the answer to that question.”
“I think it’s ridiculous to talk about it,” he said.
By virtue of his position as Speaker, Ryan will be the chairman at the Republican National Convention, which will kick off July 18 in Cleveland.
Some Republicans have suggested Ryan as a potential GOP nominee in the event of a deadlocked convention — rumors that the Speaker has adamantly denied.
More than 20 top-ranking members of the Republican leadership reportedly met last month to discuss party strategy if Trump continues to lead in the polls.
Republicans will go to a brokered convention if no candidate in the crowded primary field receives a majority of the party’s 2,472 delegates after the first ballot.