Despite announcing that he will eventually support Donald Trump’s candidacy last week, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will no longer defend the Republican candidate, focusing on preserving his party hold on Congress.
No more help from Ryan
“The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan’s spokeswoman, AshLee Strong, said in an official statement.
This is definitely an unusual move for the United States, but on the other side, it doesn’t come as a surprise, considering that the Grand Old Party is right now split in two sides, with a group still supporting Donald Trump, while the other is asking the businessman to make drop off from the presidential race.
This morning, Paul Ryan told lawmakers in a conference that they should do what’s best for them and their district, being a direct reference to their decision to support Trump or not, besides announcing that he will never campaign alongside him.
Mr. Ryan also mentioned that his most urgent task right now is to make sure that Hillary Clinton won’t enter the White House with Democratic control of the House and Senate, according to NY Times.
The Republicans have mixed feelings
Of course, not everybody agreed, as a group of conservative lawmakers asked their colleagues not to give up on Donald Trump, accusing Paul Ryan for surrendering prematurely in the presidential race, says the same source.
Trump, on the other side, seemed indifferent to this decision, sending a tweet aimed directly at the House Speaker.
“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” he wrote in his Twitter post.
Ryan might be just the first from a series of important Republicans who will probably revoke their support for Donald Trump in the upcoming days, considering the recent events.