Donald Trump on Tuesday declined to key Republicans facing primary challenges.
Trump said he is “not quite there yet” on backing House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and sharply criticized Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).
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“I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” he told The Washington Post. “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.”Trump seemed to be alluding to a may interview with CNN where Ryan similarly said he was not “ready” to back Trump for president, after the businessman became the GOP’s presumptive nominee.
“To be perfectly candid with you … I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” Ryan said at the time.
Trump, who said Ryan has asked for his endorsement, on Monday praised the Speaker’s primary opponent, Paul Nehlen, on Twitter saying:
Thanks to @pnehlen for your kind words, very much appreciated.
“[Ryan’s] opponent is a big fan of what I’m saying — big fan,” Trump said on Tuesday. “His opponent, who’s running a very good campaign, obviously, I’ve heard — his opponent sent me a very scholarly and well thought out letter yesterday and all I did was say thank you very much for your very nice letter. You saw my statement.”