On Monday night in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump suggested in a statement before a rally that House Speaker Paul Ryan is retracting his support in order to begin his own presidential campaign in 2020. ABC News had asked Trump if he thinks Ryan wanted the GOP contender to win the election, with Trump remarking: “Well, maybe not, because maybe he wants to run in four years or maybe he doesn’t know how to win… I mean, who can really know. But I know I’m in his territory and they are all screaming for Trump.”
“The head of the [state] Republican Party just left me. He shook my hand. He says, ‘You are gonna win Wisconsin.’ And I know one thing, we are gonna do very well here,” Trump continued.
Ryan represents the first district of Wisconsin, where the Trump rally was held. Before Trump arrived at the Monday night event, the crowd began chanting and jeering “Paul Ryan Sucks.”
Ryan stopped his campaigning for Trump after the leak of the 2005 video from last week involving Trump’s remarks about women. While not officially un-endorsing the candidate, Ryan has uninvited him to a Wisconsin event and has made no public appearances with Trump since.
Trump believes Ryan should be more supportive of his presidential run so that it doesn’t hurt his campaign to beat Hillary Clinton. “I don’t want to be knocking Paul Ryan. I think he could be more supportive to the Republican nominee,” Trump said. “We are doing well. I think we are gonna win the election.”
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