When it came to Ryan, Trump said that he was “not quite there yet.”
I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” Trump said. “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.”
The Wisconsin election is set for next Tuesday. The day before Trump declined to endorse the Speaker of the House he had a friendly little twitter exchange with Ryan’s challenger, Paul Nehlen.
Zack Roday, a spokesman for Ryan’s campaign, said that an endorsement had not been sought after and doesn’t really feel they need it anyway.
“Neither Speaker Ryan nor anyone on his team has ever asked for Donald Trump’s endorsement. And we are confident in a victory next week regardless,” Roday said.
Trump’s refusal to offer Ryan his backing echoes the words of the speaker when Trump had secured the nomination Ryan held out on an endorsement. “I’m not there right now,” Ryan said to CNN in May.
Ryan indirectly criticized the Republican nominee earlier this week for his disparaging comments towards Khizr Khan and his wife whose son was killed by a car bomb in Iraq while serving in the U.S. military.
“Many Muslim Americans have served valiantly in our military, and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Ryan said in the statement. “Captain Khan was one such brave example. His sacrifice — and that of Khizr and Ghazala Khan — should always be honored. Period.”
As for McCain, Trump said he’s “never been there” when it comes to supporting him “because 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,” Trump said. “They’re not being treated fairly.”
Trump also went after Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) for not supporting his bid for the presidency.
“I don’t know Kelly Ayotte. I know she’s given me no support — zero support — and yet I’m leading her in the polls,” Trump said. “I’m doing very well in New Hampshire. We need loyal people in this country. We need fighters in this country. We don’t need weak people. We have enough of them.”
Judging from Trump’s comments today, I think it is fair to say that he doesn’t really have a firm grasp on how this whole uniting the party thing works.
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