Clinton aide: Ryan 'never had the backbone' to stand up to Trump
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Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon argued in a tweet that Ryan "never had the backbone" to stand up to Trump. Ryan has for weeks said he wasn't ready to endorse the businessman.
Ryan indicated he would vote for Trump on Thursday afternoon, right as Clinton ripped Trump in a major foreign policy address in San Diego, Calif., indicting Trump's views on world issues.
Ryan, whom some Republicans hoped would hold off throwing his support behind the controversial businessman, reversed course after saying in early May he wasn't ready to support him.
The Speaker penned an op-ed in a local Wisconsin newspaper, saying he hoped Trump would support the House GOP agenda in the coming months.
Ryan's endorsement comes days after renewed chatter of a potential independent candidate emerging on the right as an alternative to Trump.