Donald Trump is refusing to support House Speaker Paul Ryan and longtime Sen. John McCain in their upcoming Republican primaries.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Trump said he is “not quite there yet” in backing Ryan, echoing the words the Wisconsin Republican used several months ago in withholding his endorsement of Trump before relenting weeks later with tepid support.
Ryan’s primary is Aug. 9.
Trump also declined to back McCain, a prisoner of war in Vietnam who was critical of Trump’s criticism of a Muslim American parents whose son was killed in Iraq. Trump criticized New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who also admonished Trump for his comments.
I’ve never been there with John McCain because I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. He has not done a good job for the vets and I’ve always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets. So I’ve always had a difficult time with John for that reason, because our vets are not being treated properly. They’re not being treated fairly. – Donald Trump
Trump’s refusal to back the incumbents is a breach of political decorum that comes just two weeks after a convention designed to showcase party unity.
I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now. – Paul Ryan on endorsing Trump, May 2016
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