Is it too late for Ryan’s efforts? The GOP seems to be divided as ever and not certain one man’s endorsement is going to change that.
House Speaker Paul Ryan is finally ready to endorse Donald Trump for president, a senior-level Trump source said.
ABC News reported that a top Trump official said Ryan will be making the endorsement.
The story gave no time frame, but Ryan meets with House Republicans Wednesday during the regular meeting of the GOP conference.
Ryan’s office isn’t confirming the report. ‘There’s no update and we’ve not told the Trump campaign to expect an endorsement,’ a Ryan spokesman told the network.
‘He’s also not told anyone he regrets anything,’ the spokesman continued.
Trump’s senior advisor Paul Manafort met with Republican lawmakers this week and told them he expects Ryan to endorse as early as this week.
An endorsement by Ryan would end a highly public standoff between the two power brokers. Ryan is the to elected Republican in office, and his refusal to get on board the Trump train was an illustration of the deep divisions that linger after an angry primary where Trump attacked his rivals along with the establishment and a political system he called ‘rigged.’
Both stories were sourced to the Trump camp, an indication the candidate might be seeking to nudge Ryan into making a public statement.
In early May, CNN asked Ryan whether he was prepared to endorse Trump.
Ryan’s reply: ‘I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.’
The two men then met at a Republican Party club near the Capitol along with staff members to try to get to know each other and work out their differences.