Question is, will it work?
GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on Sunday suggested that House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would face consequences for not endorsing the businessman as the party’s presidential nominee.
Speaking with NBC’s Chuck Todd, Trump would not rule out trying to remove the Wisconsin congressman from his post as chair of this summer’s GOP convention, a role traditionally granted to the speaker of the House, if Ryan did not come around.
“If he can’t endorse you, do you think he should be chair of the Convention?” Todd asked.
“I don’t want to mention it now. I’ll see after,” Trump said. “I will give you a very solid answer, if that happens, about one minute after that happens. Okay? But there’s no reason to give it right now. But I’ll be very quick with the answer. Let’s see what happens.”
The growing feud stems from Ryan’s announcement Thursday that he is not prepared to endorse Trump for president, after his two remaining opponents, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R), exited the race and cleared the way for the real estate mogul to claim the nomination.
“I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there yet,” Ryan said, adding that he hopes to endorse his party’s nominee but needs to be convinced that the GOP can elect a “standard-bearer that bears our standards.”
Trump responded with a statement saying he is “not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda.”