House Speaker Paul Ryan is in the fight of his political career, facing a challenging opponent in his bid for re-election in Wisconsin’s primary election August 9.
He will get no special help from Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump said in an interview with the Washington Post on Tuesday, “I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”
His comment was eerily similar to Ryan’s own comment on May 5 when he withheld his endorsement of Trump, saying, “I’m not there right now.”
Washington Post accused Trump of “escalating a war with his own party’s leadership” by refusing to endorse Ryan or Senator John McCain, who is running for re-election in Arizona.
The same accusation was not launched at Ryan and McCain, however, when they refused to endorse Trump.
Of Ryan’s challenger, Paul Nehlen, Trump praised him for “running a very good campaign.” Trump sent out a Twitter message to Nehlen on Monday:
Thanks to @pnehlen for your kind words, very much appreciated.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2016
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Primary Election in Wisconsin To Have National Consequences