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Paul Ryan: Donald Trump Doesn't Have A 'Blank Check'

| by Nik Bonopartis

Presumed Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump doesn't have carte blanche to do as he pleases with the Republican party's image, House Speaker Paul Ryan said.

It took about a month for Ryan to come around to the idea of endorsing the presumptive Republican presidential nominee after the other candidates dropped out of the primaries. In early May, Ryan told CNN "I'm not there right now," when asked about throwing his support behind Trump.

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A month later, after several meetings with the businessman-turned-politician, the Wisconsin Republican endorsed Trump, reports CNN.

With some of Trump's recent remarks trying the patience of GOP leadership, Ryan told The Huffington Post on June 16 that Trump doesn't have a "blank check" in this election -- meaning he can only go so far before his fellow Republicans begin distancing themselves from him in earnest.

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“I don’t know what that line is,” Ryan said, “but right now, I want to make sure that we win the White House.”

Trump has been heavily criticized for his response to the June 12 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. In addition to reiterating his call that immigration from certain Muslim nations be suspended, the real estate heavyweight said the body count would have been lower -- and attacker Omar Mateen would have been taken down more quickly -- if some of the people inside the club had firearms.

But Trump has also drawn praise in some circles for saying people on the FBI's no-fly list should not be able to purchase guns, and for meeting with the NRA to get the lobby group to support his position.

Still, Ryan said he feels as though he and Trump haven't achieved the "real unity" needed to be in lock-step during the general election.

“It’s something that has to be worked at,” Ryan told The Huffington Post, "and we still got work to do.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, CNN (2) / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr