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Ryan’s Endorsement of Trump Not A ‘Blank Check’

House Speaker Paul Ryan issued a warning to Donald Trump on Thursday, declaring that his endorsement of the Republican presidential nominee is based on certain conditions.

“If I hear things that I think are wrong, I’m not going to sit by and say nothing, because I think I have a duty as a Republican leader to defend Republican principles and our party's brand if I think they're being distorted,” the Wisconsin Republican said during an interview on WTAQ radio in Green Bay.

When the show’s host asked whether certain developments might prompt him to withdraw his support of Trump, Ryan replied: “Of course there are.” He explained: “I’m not going to get into the speculation or hypotheticals. None of these things are ever blank checks. That goes with any situation in any kind of race. But right now, he won the thing fair and square. … I don't like doing this. I don't want to do this, but I will do this because I feel like I have to in order to defend Republicans and our principles, so people don't make the mistake of thinking we think like that.”

The Hill noted that many GOP leaders, including Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, are upset with Trump for refusing to endorse Ryan in the Wisconsin primary. The nominee also is under fire from members of his party for criticizing the parents of a Muslim American soldier who died in the Iraq war. Ryan called Trump’s comments “beyond the pale.”

The controversies arose at the same time that polls showed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton widening her lead over Trump.

Source: The Hill
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