Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who earlier this week said he was withholding his support for Donald Trump as the presumptive Republican Party nominee for president, is coming under fire from fellow Republican representatives.
Reps. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Dennis Ross of Florida told Politico they disagree with the speaker’s decision to delay in supporting Trump.
“I honestly don’t understand what Paul’s thinking — I don’t get it,” said Westmoreland. “I try not to give advice to the Speaker, but I think it just really brought about, in my opinion, even more confusion to this thing.”
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Rep. Ross also disagreed with Ryan’s statements. “Trust me, I haven’t been on the Donald Trump bandwagon, but I will support him, and I disagree with Ryan’s comment,” Ross said. “I think it’s time we unite (and) … extend an olive branch and start working this out.”
The presumptive Republican nominee (Trump) and the speaker (Ryan) plan to meet Thursday at Republican headquarters in Washington, where a likely alliance will emerge between the two who’ve been at odds during Trump’s campaign.
Trump and RNC Chairman Priebus had a conversation about Speaker Ryan yesterday. They disagree on what was said. https://t.co/JzbyPXfo7c
— Jenna Johnson (@wpjenna) May 6, 2016
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The hesitancy to embrace Trump and his supporters might best be described by Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers (N.C.) who appears to see value in Trump’s progress.
Ellmers said, “I had spent a lot of time listening to the voters and their concerns and how they felt about Donald Trump, and it really opened my eyes and made me realize that Donald Trump is having a conversation with the American people that many of us, especially us Republicans, have absolutely missed for years and years.”
Ellmers added. “We in the Republican Party have talked about how we need to bring more people into the party, do a better job increasing votes and connecting to the American people, and here’s Donald Trump doing it and yet there are many in Washington who are kind of rejecting that.”
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