Paul Ryan Says He Will Step Down As Convention Chair if Trump Asks
Paul Ryan told Wisconsin mmedia Monday he would step down as Republican Convention chair if Trump asked him to.
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Paul Ryan also said that an independent run or third party run would “be a disaster” for the Republican party.
Paul Ryan spoke with JSOnline today:
House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday that if Donald Trump wants him to step down as a co-chairman of the GOP convention, he will respect his wishes.
“He’s the nominee. I’ll do whatever he wants with respect to the convention,” Ryan said when asked about that scenario in an interview with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Ryan said he hopes he and Trump can begin to get to know each other when they meet later this week.
“I just want to get to know the guy … we just don’t know each other,” said Ryan, who delivered a political bombshell last Thursday when he said he wasn’t ready yet to support his party’s presumptive nominee…
… But Ryan said Monday that a third-party or independent bid by conservatives in 2016 “would be a disaster for our party. I have communicated that to plenty of people.”
The speaker said that in taking his stance on Trump his goal is to work toward real unity, and not “fake” unity.
“We have right now a disunified Republican Party. We shouldn’t sweep it under the rug without addressing it. That would be to our detriment in the fall,” said Ryan, speaking in an interview that had been scheduled before Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee.
Ryan declined to elaborate in greater detail about his concerns about Trump, saying, “I don’t want to have a conversation with Donald Trump through the media. I want to have a straight conversation with Donald Trump on behalf of the party (and) myself, too. Let me say this, the man deserves a ton of credit for an amazing achievement, which is to bring millions of people into this party and to have a very impressive victory … At the same time we want to make sure we don’t pretend we’re unified and then go into the fall at half strength.”
“I want to help unify our party so that we’re at full strength so that we can defeat Hillary Clinton,” Ryan said “I believe between now and July we will be able to figure out how to unify our party.”