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Trump on Ryan snub: ‘I don’t know what happened’

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Donald Trump on Friday afternoon said he was caught off guard by Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) refusal to support him as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, calling it a “big surprise.” 

“You’re supposed to be coming together,” Trump remarked during a rally in Omaha, Neb., while commenting on criticism from former rivals such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).

{mosads}”Paul Ryan — I don’t know what happened,” Trump said to some boos. “He called me two or three weeks ago, it was a very nice conversation. He was congratulating me.”

Trump indicated the call came before his victory Tuesday in the Indiana primary, where he solidified his path toward locking up the GOP nomination.

Ryan on Thursday said he is not yet ready to back Trump’s White House bid, stunning many Republicans.

“I hope to though and I want to. But what is required is to unify this party. And the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee,” Ryan said on CNN’s “The Lead.”

Aides to Ryan have previously said that the Speaker has spoken to Trump and other GOP candidates about the House Republican agenda. 

“I figured routinely he’d be behind it,” Trump said of Ryan, referring to his candidacy. 

Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson said in a television interview on Friday morning that Ryan is unfit to be Speaker if he refuses to back Trump’s candidacy.

Several Republicans have resigned themselves to supporting Trump, while others including Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham and Jeb Bush have said they won’t vote for the controversial businessman.

Trump dismissed those critics on Friday, while turning some of his attention to the general election and a likely matchup against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

“In November, go vote because we can’t have another four years of Barack Obama, which is what we get if we get Hillary. It’s another four years of Barack Obama. In my opinion, it could be worse,” Trump said. 

Ryan’s office said earlier Friday said he has invited Trump to a meeting next week in Washington with top Republicans.

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