Repub­li­can House speaker Paul en­dorses Don­ald Trump

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

WASH­ING­TON—Paul Ryan, the top elected Repub­li­can, ended a long pe­riod of soulsearch­ing and en­dorsed Don­ald Trump for pres­i­dent on Fri­day, a step to­ward uni­fy­ing party loy­al­ists be­hind the in­sur­gent can­di­date de­spite con­cerns about his can­di­dacy.

Ryan had been a high­pro­file hold­out to sup­port­ing Trump for the Nov. 8 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion out of con­cern about the pre­sump­tive Repub­li­can nom­i­nee’s bel­li­cose rhetoric and break with party or­tho­doxy on is­sues in­clud­ing trade and im­mi­gra­tion.

The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives speaker an­nounced his sup­port in a col­umn for the Janesville Gazette news­pa­per in his home state of Wis­con­sin.

It sur­faced in the mid­dle of a speech by Demo­cratic front-run­ner Hil­lary Clin­ton in which she launched a far-reach­ing at­tack on Trump’s for­eign pol­icy cre­den­tials.

Ryan did not specif­i­cally use the word “en­dorse” in his col­umn, but his spokesman, Bren­dan Buck, made clear that Ryan’s move should be seen as an en­dorse­ment.

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