Despite some generically positive comments about their policy discussions, House Speaker Paul Ryan remains unready to offer his endorsement to presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. In a recent interview, the Wisconsin congressman shed some light on his reticence.
Though he was willing to meet with Trump Wednesday night to continue hashing out a plan forward for the GOP, Ryan maintained that nothing has changed regarding his endorsement.
“I don’t know where all this is coming from,” he said of speculation that an announcement was forthcoming. “I haven’t made a decision.”
Ryan, along with many other Republicans who find the prospect of supporting Trump unpalatable, has yet to hear an argument from the nominee persuasive enough to earn his support.
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“Nothing’s changed my perspective,” he declared. “We’re still having productive conversations.”
Ryan’s staff went a little further in releasing a statement on the matter.
“There’s no update,” a spokesperson said, “and we’ve not told the Trump campaign to expect an endorsement.”
Reportedly referring to Trump, the spokesperson noted, “He’s also not told anyone he regrets anything.”
Ryan has continued to publicly support party unity, however, cautioning against the prospect of a splintered GOP taking on Clinton this November. Nevertheless, he has done so from a distance, at one point shying away from betting on Trump in a match-up against the former first lady.
“I’m not going to,” he said in an interview with Politico’s Glenn Thrush, adding that he is “not a betting man.”
Furthermore, Ryan speculated that a Trump win would necessitate his unorthodox campaign taking a contradictory approach to what has thus far defined it.
“I think if we get our party unified,” he concluded, “and if we do the work we need to do to get ourselves at full strength, and if we offer the country a clear and compelling agenda that is inspiring, that is inclusive, that fixes problems, that is solutions-basted and based on good principles, then yes, I think we can win.”