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Manafort: Of Course Trump Will Support Ryan

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By    |   Thursday, 04 August 2016 09:14 AM

GOP nominee Donald Trump may not be offering an endorsement for House Speaker Paul Ryan's primary election bid this month, but that doesn't mean he doesn't support the Wisconsin congressman, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said Thursday.

"He's going to support Paul Ryan," Manafort told the "CBS This Morning" program. "I mean, he does support Paul Ryan. He said he's going to work with Paul Ryan."

However, he continued that it's "not the news" that Trump said he isn't ready to back Ryan, as Trump doesn't take a position in most primary elections.

"The news is the two of them [are] working together to elect a Republican Congress and a Republican president, and I think you're going to see that," said Manafort.

The chairman, also appearing on ABC's "Good Morning America," said on that program that Trump has spoken several times with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, who was reportedly angry over Trump's refusal to give Ryan a full-throated endorsement.

"Reince Priebus is a strong supporter and a good friend and supporter of Paul Ryan and he's been a bridge between the party and the campaign since Mr. Trump became the presumptive nominee in April," Manafort told ABC's George Stephanopoulos.

"We've sort of had a rule of not getting involved in primaries because it's usually not a good situation for the presidential candidate. Of course, he'll work with Paul Ryan, but Ryan is running against somebody who's not going to win, but nonetheless is a strong supporter of Mr. Trump's."

Ryan's district gets "all the notoriety" over the lack of a Trump endorsement, said Manafort, because the congressman is speaker of the House, but "it's not just" Ryan that hasn't gotten Trump's endorsement.

Trump this past week also raised eyebrows by refusing to endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain's primary bid.

Trump's running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, on Wednesday endorsed Ryan, and Manafort acknowledged on ABC that there is "a conflict" over the endorsement. However he told CBS that Pence and Ryan are close friends and Trump "understood that relationship."

Manafort, meanwhile, declined at first to say what his own opinion of Ryan is, telling CBS that he chairs a campaign that has a position to not be involved in others' campaigns.

He slipped a bit when he told CBS that he supports Ryan "as a speaker and I know after next week I'm going to be supporting him as a candidate for president too, I mean . . ."

Manafort then laughed, while the show's hosts talked about the rumors that Trump could drop out before November.

Meanwhile, Trump's poll numbers have dropped some after the Democratic convention, and Manafort said that was expected.

Manafort also blamed the media for the way he says it has "nitpicked" Trump's speeches and the way he continues to defend himself against old controversies.

"Well, the thing is, you nitpicked what he says, and the other day he was talking about, strong message, on what's going on with this $400 million in Iran, which is an outrageous amount of money," Manafort said.

"Everybody understood what the real messages were in that speech. He was talking about the Iranian situation, he was talking about the cash, he was talking about the decisions."

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GOPnominee Donald Trump may not be offering an endorsement for House Speaker Paul Ryan's primary election bid this month, but that doesn't mean he doesn't support the Wisconsin congressman, Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort said Thursday.
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