Former Republican presidential contender Dr. Ben Carson told CNN Wednesday that Donald Trump is "very pro-unity in the party, and he will be obviously on board with Paul Ryan," Politico reports.
Trump refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan's bid for re-election in Wisconsin on Tuesday, spurring criticism from other party leaders. Ryan faces a primary challenge in the Aug. 9 voting.
"Paul Ryan is a tremendous guy. I have great respect for him, great intellect," Carson said. "Donald Trump understands that. And any little differences that they have will be resolved and there will be unity in the party."
Trump's desire for party unity hasn't stopped him from criticizing Arizona Sen. John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee and a former naval aviator who served in Vietnam and who, according to Trump, hasn't "done a good job for the vets," The Hill notes.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Trump's vice presidential running mate, gave Ryan an energetic endorsement Wednesday, saying he was a "longtime friend" and a "strong conservative leader."
"I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election," Pence announced Wednesday on Fox News. "I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership in the Congress of the United States to rebuild our military, to strengthen our economy and to ensure that we have the kind of leadership in this country that will make America great again."
By denying support for two major GOP leaders, Trump doesn't appear to be making progress in healing party rifts, but Carson isn't worried.
"I don't think it's nearly as big a bombshell as people are making it out to be," he said on CNN. "You know, again, let's concentrate on the big issues, the things that really threaten this country, and as far as I'm concerned, they're not Republican or Democrat things. They are things that are going to affect the quality of life in this country for everybody."
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