With the divide between Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump increasingly growing, Ryan has hinted that he may step down as chair of the GOP convention if he does not endorse Trump!
From Fox News:
House Speaker Paul Ryan opened the door Monday to stepping down as Republican convention chairman if asked by presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, whom Ryan has declined to endorse.
Ryan first made the comments during a meeting with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporters.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist Christian Schneider tweeted: “.@SpeakerRyan on whether he’d step down as convention chair if Trump asks: I’ll do whatever he asks me to do.”
Asked about the reported comments, a spokeswoman for Ryan confirmed to Fox News: “That is his position, yes.”
The remarks come after Ryan last week declined to endorse Trump, at least at this point, suggesting he wants to see Trump do more to unify the party and stand by Republican principles.
Trump fired back over the weekend, saying he was “blind-sided” by the remarks – while declining to answer directly when asked in an interview whether Ryan could still serve as convention chairman if he doesn’t endorse Trump.
Trump plans to meet with Ryan later this week and suggested he’d have a better idea of his answer after that discussion.
Meanwhile, Trump backer Sarah Palin on Sunday said she plans to work to unseat Ryan, by supporting Ryan’s primary challenger in Wisconsin’s first district. Ryan’s snub of Trump was “not a wise decision of his,” Palin said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
Trump, asked about Palin’s remarks on Monday on CNN, called her a “free agent” and said he had nothing to do with that push.
Ryan is facing businessman Paul Nehlen in the Aug. 9 Republican congressional primary.
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