In a “private” conference call with House Republicans this morning, Speaker Paul Ryan told members of his caucus that he won’t defend Donald Trump now or in the future and will spend the next month defending his party’s House majority.
Leaked information from the private call indicates that Ryan has not officially withdrawn his support for Trump, but has said he won’t campaign for him. Instead, Ryan will spend the next month campaigning for GOP congressional candidates.
Ryan reportedly told GOP candidates, “Do what’s best for you in your district.” He also said he will spend “his entire energy making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democrat-controlled Congress”.
Some fiercely loyal Trump minions have criticized Ryan for what they perceive as his conceding the presidential race to Hillary Clinton, a position Ryan denies.