Trump ‘not ready’ to back speaker Ryan and McCain
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. –