U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's not going to renounce his support for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
John McCain - a day after the former prisoner of war said Trump did not have "unfettered license to defame those who are the best among us", and hours after Trump responded by telling The Washington Post he would not endorse McCain's re-election. John McCain of Arizona in their GOP primaries.
At roughly the same time, Pence blasted Russian Federation in a statement issued by the campaign that said "the United States government will ensure there are serious consequences" if Russian Federation is "interfering in our elections".
Trump thanked Ryan's Republican Primary challenger Paul Nehlen on Twitter.
"I'm just not there yet", Trump said, closely echoing Ryan's own demurral before eventually endorsing Trump, when he told CNN on May 6, "I'm not there right now". "To restore our country and home and overseas, we need new leadership, and I'm looking forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with Donald Trump to drive that new leadership forward".
Trump previewed some hostility toward Ryan in a tweet praising Nehlen on Monday after the businessman praised Trump and recently tweeted articles and comments supporting the GOP nominee.
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Pence started Thursday with a rally in North Carolina, where an 11-year old boy who identified himself as Matthew said Pence had been "softening up on Mr. Trump's policies and words" and questioned whether that would be his role in the administration. We need very, very strong leadership.
Mike Pence tried Thursday to smooth over turmoil stirred by Donald Trump's refusal to endorse some prominent Republicans, issuing a blanket endorsement of all GOP congressional incumbents seeking re-election. I'm doing very well in New Hampshire.
Now only two weeks after its national convention in Cleveland aimed at showcasing Republican unity, the party faces further divisions, which come amid heated debate over Trump's comments about the Muslim American parents of a US Army captain killed in combat in 2004.
Ryan reiterated Sunday that he rejects Trump's call for a temporary ban on Muslim travel to the USA after Trump took heat for criticizing Khan's parents.
"He's going to support Paul Ryan, he does support Paul Ryan, he said he's going to work with Paul Ryan".
One Republican congressman predicted that Trump's criticisms would backfire and harm the nominee rather than Ryan, given the speaker's support among House Republicans, many of whom are lukewarm about backing the controversial real estate mogul.