Trump ‘not ready’ to back speaker Ryan and McCain

The Myanmar Times - - World -

RE­PUB­LI­CAN pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump said he was “not quite” ready to en­dorse House Speaker Paul Ryan in his up­com­ing pri­mary, a stun­ning re­buke to the party’s top elected of­fi­cial.

With lit­tle more than three months be­fore the White House elec­tions, Mr Trump, in an in­ter­view with The Wash­ing­ton Post, also said he was not pre­pared to en­dorse Re­pub­li­can Sen­a­tor John McCain in his re-elec­tion bid in Ari­zona.

The real-es­tate ty­coon also lashed out at another Re­pub­li­can US sen­a­tor, Kelly Ay­otte of New Hamp­shire, as weak and dis­loyal.

“I like Paul, but these are hor­ri­ble times for our coun­try,” Mr Trump said of Mr Ryan, who faces a chal­lenge by a con­ser­va­tive in­sur­gent in the Au­gust 9 Wis­con­sin pri­mary.

“We need very, very strong lead­er­ship. And I’m just not quite there yet,” the bil­lion­aire pres­i­den­tial hope­ful said. “I’m not quite there yet.”

Mr Trump’s re­fusal ap­pears to amount to po­lit­i­cal ret­ri­bu­tion three months af­ter Mr Ryan used sim­i­lar lan­guage to say “I’m just not ready” to back Mr Trump.

That dec­la­ra­tion set off weeks of de­bate among con­ser­va­tives over whether to rally be­hind Mr Trump.

Mr Ryan even­tu­ally en­dorsed Mr Trump de­spite his mis­giv­ings. –

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