Donald Trump Endorses Paul Ryan After Withholding Support

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Donald Trump endorsed Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan Friday at a campaign event in Wisconsin, just days after refusing to do so in the congressional primary.

At a rally in Green Bay, Trump said he “supported and endorsed” Ryan, flashing a smile and double thumbs up.

“Paul Ryan, good, good man, he’s a good man and he’s a good guy,” Trump said. “And we may disagree on a couple of things but mostly we agree and we’re going to get it done.”

The endorsement marked a sharp reversal for Trump. On Tuesday, the Republican presidential nominee refused to endorse Ryan, using the speaker's own words against him.

“I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” Trump told the Washington Post on Tuesday. “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 told the Post that Ryan had sought his endorsement in his Wisconsin primary, but that he was still “giving it very serious consideration.”

However, Ryan’s spokesman Zack Roday denied they had sought Trump’s endorsement.

Back in May, Ryan told CNN he was “not ready” to endorse Trump, whom he has assailed several times for his controversial comments. Four weeks later Ryan endorsed Trump and presided over the Republican National Convention.

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