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Ryan: ‘Not my plan’ to rescind Trump endorsement

Greg Nash

Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said on Thursday that he has no plan to rescind his endorsement of Donald Trump despite repeatedly disavowing some of the presumptive presidential nominee’s controversial comments.  

{mosads}“That’s not my plan. I don’t have a plan to do that,” Ryan said. “Look, we’re going to disagree on some things. … What we do agree on is we don’t want another Democrat in the White House.” 

Ryan maintained at his weekly press conference that he believes Trump is still a better choice than presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

At the same time, Ryan reiterated that he will express his own opinion contrary to Trump’s if he feels the occasion warrants it.

“If I’m asked a question, I’m going to answer it honestly. And if I’m asked a question about a proposal that I don’t agree with, I’m going to say I don’t agree with it.”

Ryan later chuckled when asked about Trump’s decision to revoke press credentials for The Washington Post and other media outlets, saying “you can’t make this up sometimes.”

Republicans are increasingly wary of Trump, who has endured weeks of bad headlines and criticism from other Republicans. 

It appears to be having an effect on his poll numbers. A Bloomberg poll this week found Trump falling 12 points behind Clinton.

Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) refused to answer questions about Trump on Tuesday after the businessman invoked conspiracy theories about President Obama and terrorism. McConnell’s lieutenant, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), said he would seek to avoid Trump questions until after the November election. 

Ryan’s majority in the House is large, and Democrats would need to net 30 seats to take back the Speakership. But they think they have a shot with Trump as the GOP nominee. 

In the Senate, Democrats only need to gain four seats to win back the majority if they retain the White House. 

As recently as this week, Ryan distanced himself from Trump after the billionaire doubled down on a proposal to ban Muslims from entering the U.S., in response to the massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando.

Ryan has on other occasions rebuked Trump for failing to forcefully disavow support from a white supremacist and not tamping down violence at campaign rallies. 

Pressed on whether it bothers him that he frequently has to respond to Trump’s controversies, Ryan noted that Trump is an atypical presidential candidate. 

“He’s a different kind of candidate. This is a different kind of year. I’m going to be myself and speak up in defense of our principles. In defense of not just our party’s principles, but our country’s principles,” Ryan replied. 

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