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Politico: Ryan Made Quick Move to Distance From Trump

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By    |   Thursday, 05 May 2016 08:40 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to make a quick move to distance himself from Donald Trump, his party's presumptive White House nominee, after Sen. Ted Cruz unexpectedly dropped out of the race Tuesday, Politico reports.

Ryan in the past has spoken against some of Trump's statements, including his call for a moratorium on Muslim immigration and his less-than-quick response denouncing support from white supremacists. Still, he has indicated he would support the party's eventual nominee.

But Ryan was taken by surprise when Cruz quit the race Tuesday night after losing the Indiana primary in a landslide. Ryan quickly scrambled to confer with advisers about how to distance himself from Trump, who many in the party fear will hurt the downticket, including Republicans in Congress seeking re-election.

Ryan, as speaker, is set to chair the National Convention where Trump will be crowned nominee, but Politico says Ryan had expected Cruz to take enough delegates from Trump to force a contested convention. With Cruz courting Trump's pledged delegates to switch to him on a second ballot, there was a chance Cruz himself might have been the nominee.

Ryan decided he should appear on CNN on Thursday to make the break, and he was interviewed by CNN's Jake Tapper in an interview taped shortly before it was aired on Tapper's program, "The Lead."

"I think what a lot of Republicans want to see is that we have a standard bearer that bears our standards," Ryan told Tapper explaining why he said he cannot yet endorse Trump.

Ryan's decision was based on his opposition to Trump's principles and not on any particular policy, a source told Politico.

Meanwhile, Ryan is working on a separate agenda for his members to run on so they, too, can distance themselves from Trump in districts where association with him might hurt.

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House Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to make a quick move to distance himself from Donald Trump, his party's presumptive White House nominee, after Sen. Ted Cruz unexpectedly dropped out of the race Tuesday, Politico reports.
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