Republican House speaker Paul endorses Donald Trump
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.