Speaker Ryan ready to leave his convention seat for The Donald.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he would leave his GOP convention chair if presumptive GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump asks him.
“He’s the nominee. I’ll do whatever he wants with respect to the convention,” he said.
Speaker Ryan responded to Trump’s interview on NBC’s Meet the Press from Sunday. Trump told host Chuck Todd that Ryan’s comments “blindsided” him.
“I like Paul Ryan. I think he’s a very good guy,” commented Trump. “He called me three weeks ago, and he was so supportive. It was amazing. And I never thought a thing like this. I got blindsided by this.”
Todd asked Trump if he would remove Ryan as chairman of the convention if the speaker does not endorse his candidacy.
“I don’t want to mention now. I’ll see after. I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens, about one minute after that happens. Okay?” answered Trump. “But there’s no reason to give it right now, but I’ll be very quick with the answer. Let’s see what happens.”
Last Thursday, Speaker Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper he cannot support Trump right now. A day later, his office announced he and Trump will meet with GOP leadership and then privately with RNC chairman Reince Priebus. The meeting will take place on Thursday at the RNC in Washington, D.C.
“I just want to get to know the guy … we just don’t know each other,” expressed Speaker Ryan to the newspaper. “I never said never. I just said (not) at this point. I wish I had more time to get to know him before this happened. We just didn’t.”
Speaker Ryan also said he wants to unify the party and pushed against a third-party candidate in November. He believes that a third-party or independent run would destroy the Republican party.DONATE
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