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Paul Ryan Can't Support Trump 'Right Now'

| by Lauren Briggs
Paul Ryan speaking at CPAC 2013 in MarylandPaul Ryan speaking at CPAC 2013 in Maryland

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan said on May 5 that he cannot support presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump's campaign.

"I'm just not ready to do that at this point," Ryan told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I'm not there right now."

He said he hopes and wants to eventually support Trump, but the billionaire businessman needs to win him over first.

"I think that what is required is that we unify this party," Ryan explained. "And I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee."

The Wisconsin representative went on to say he hopes Trump will unify "all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement," before running a campaign Americans are "proud to support and proud to be a part of." He added that Trump "needs to be congratulated" for winning a plurality of delegates and the popular vote.

"He also inherited something that's very special to a lot of us," Ryan added of the GOP candidate. "This is the party of Lincoln, of Reagan, of Jack Kemp. And we don't always nominate a Lincoln and a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln and Reagan-esque. That that person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a wide vast majority of Americans."

Ryan is the highest-ranking Republican official who has declined to endorse Trump since the billionaire businessman became the last remaining candidate in the GOP pool after a big win in Indiana that upped his pledged delegate count to 1053 of the required 1,237 needed to secure the nomination, according to Real Clear Politics.

Trump responded to Ryan's non-endorsement by saying in a May 5 statement that he is "not ready to support Speaker Ryan's agenda."

"Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people," Trump said in the statement. "They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!"

Sources: CNN, Real Clear Politics / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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