House Speaker Paul Ryan supports Donald Trump presently, but he said endorsements aren’t “blank checks.”
Ryan, in a radio interview with Wisconsin’s The Jerry Bader Show on Thursday, said that Trump has “had some pretty strange run since the convention.”
“You’d think we ought to be focusing on Hillary Clinton on all of her deficiencies, she is such a weak candidate that one would think that we would be on offense. It is distressing that’s not what we’re talking about these days,” Ryan said.
Ryan’s comments come in the wake of Trump’s ongoing feud with the parents of Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004, following their appearance at the Democratic National Convention.
Ryan said Trump’s comments were “beyond the pale,” insisting that Gold Star families needed to be respected. When pressed by Bader whether Trump’s comments would ever go too far and force Ryan to pull his endorsement, the Wisconsin Republican said “none of these things are ever blank checks.”
But, he added, Trump won the primary with voters “fair and square.”
Ryan was also asked Thursday about Trump’s refusal to endorse Ryan in his Tuesday primary. Ryan insisted that he has never asked for Trump’s endorsement, adding that the only endorsement he’s concerned about it the voters of Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
“The only endorsements that I want are those of my own employers here in the first congressional district and that’s really what my focus is,” Ryan said.
Also on Thursday, Donald Trump’s top adviser acknowledged “conflict” within the campaign over the Republican presidential nominee’s hesitation to endorse Ryan.
But Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort added in an interview Thursday that Ryan is “running against somebody who’s not going to win.”
SOURCE: Mary Spicuzza
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel