Paul D. Ryan, the chairman of the Republican National Convention, finally endorsed Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party in declarations published by a newspaper in Wisconsin. The Speaker discretely showed he now backs up Trump for president.
Some other Republican Representatives stated that it was expected this turn since a Speaker usually endorses the nominee in their conventions. Donald Trump received the news and said they always had a good relationship.
Love or hate between Ryan and Trump?
The relationship between Ryan and Trump was hot and cold, and mostly awkward for a long time. The first time Mr. Trump got asked about Ryan, he stated that although he was not very close to Mr. Ryan. He considered he was “a good person” and got no problems with him at all. Paul Ryan, as well, did not show rejection on Donald Trump when asked by the press. On the contrary, he stated that all candidates, including Trump, were better for President than Ms. Hilton.
— Paul Vale (@PaulVale) June 3, 2016
However, the opinion of Ryan changed with time. Initially, Ryan’s position was mostly linked to the rejection of the candidates of the Democratic Party rather than the real support of candidates in the Republican Party, because it didn’t take so long before Ryan started being very critical with Donald Trump, although not in a straightforward way.
Instead, Ryan tended to be diplomatic when asked about Trump stating that “he was not ready to support him,” although he “wanted to.” Declarations were mostly flexible and not radical. Trump, as a response, assumed an attitude of disinterest.
Mr. Ryan is now ready to endorse Trump
So great to have the endorsement and support of Paul Ryan. We will both be working very hard to Make America Great Again!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 2, 2016
It seems that pressure made at the Congress by fellow Republicans made Paul D. Ryan take the final step to support Donald Trump, allegedly a pressure created for a sole purpose: Protect the Republican presence in the State.
Ryan stated in the column that what made him change his mind was speaking with Donald Trump in person.
Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. We need a Republican president willing to sign them into law. As I said from the start, my goal has been to unite the party so we can win in the fall. And if we’re going to unite, it has to be over ideas. hTat’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall,” said Ryan in GazetteXtra.
According to Ryan, he was not ready to support Trump openly before because he had not had the chance to discuss with him about policy priorities, a crucial and very critical element in the run for the White House.
However, he stated that if needed, he would be open to disagree with Trump, since his endorsement for the presumptive nominee does not mean he can not be critical of the candidate, but Ryan said that considering their agendas, he had more in common with the candidate than disagreement.
Ryan’s political background
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In 2012, Paul D. Ryan worked in a team with Mitt Romney, candidate for president. The current perspective of Romney is that Donald Trump is a serious candidate and considers that a third-party should enter the race instead. Whether if the decision to endorse Trump was made by Ryan himself or by his assistants or other members of the Senate.
However, the announcement translated into the proper news to the Republican Party, since the union is a critical element in the Party. The rejection to Hillary Clinton is taking more energy than expected in the headquarters of every Republican cell.
Ryan stated in several opportunities his rejection to Hillary Clinton, and considering that Trump is the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, rumors were that the endorsements to Trump were just to avoid Clinton winning popularity and to increase the influence of the Republican Party through a potent union among its members.
Paul Ryan decided to make public his new trend trough a newspaper’ column, probably to avoid the uncomfortable encounter with the candidate.
Source: The New York Times