Despite receiving support for both of them in his campaign, Republican nominee Donald Trump has declined to endorse Paul Ryan, in his attempt for being re-elected as House Speaker, as well as Senator John McCain, in his bid for re-election in addition to Ryan.
Paul Ryan is not the leader Trump wants
“I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country,” Trump said in an interview with for the Washington Post, a publication that he banned from attending his events. “We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”
The Guardian mentions that this was a reference to Paul Ryan’s comments made a few months ago, when the House speaker was not decided if he will endorse Trump or not: “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
Both Paul Ryan and John McCain are considered some of Trump’s biggest critics, Ryan expressing his concerns about the businessman idea to ban Muslims from entering ths U.S. However, both of them declared that they would support the businessman in the general election.
On the other side, Donald Trump’s claims that neither Ryan or McCain asked for the Republican’s support. “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,” said spokesman Zack Roday.
Both Ryan and McCain disagree with Trump’s latest statements
While Ryan criticized Donald Trump’s attacks on federal judge Gustavo Curiel, claiming that his speech was “the textbook definition of a racist comment”, McCain also issued a statement on the Republican nominee’s remarks on the Muslim family of a dead army captain.
“I cannot emphasize how deeply I disagree with Mr Trump’s statement,” John McCain said, referring to the claim that the Khan family had no right to criticize Donald Trump. “I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican party, its officers or candidates.”