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Fri May 6, 2016, 08:35 PM

Top allies break with Ryan over Trump

Source: Politico

Top allies break with Ryan over Trump

By RACHAEL BADE 05/06/16 07:33 PM EDT

Two prominent House allies of Paul Ryan broke with the speaker Friday over his decision to withhold support from Donald Trump, comments that point to a growing split among congressional Republicans over how to deal with the presumptive nominee.

Reps. Lynn Westmoreland of Georgia and Dennis Ross of Florida — who, as House whips, help Republican leaders muster support to pass legislation — told POLITICO in interviews on Friday that they disagreed with Ryan’s decision to break with Trump in a bombshell interview a day earlier. Both lawmakers said they believe their leader is in denial about how Republican voters feel about the real-estate tycoon.

“I honestly don’t understand what Paul’s thinking — I don’t get it,” said Westmoreland, who is retiring after this year. “I try not to give advice to the speaker, but I think it just really brought about, in my opinion, even more confusion to this thing.”

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The sharp rebuke from two senior, longtime GOP leadership allies is a rare sight in the House. It highlights a schism in the lower chamber that's expected to grow next week when Congress returns from recess and some House Republicans line up behind their leader and others rally around the GOP standard bearer-in-waiting.

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Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/paul-ryan-allies-donald-trump-222919

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Fri May 6, 2016, 08:40 PM

1. Hmmmm...



Let's see.

One person is retiring, so he can trash his (non-existent) future by endorsing Trump.

The other is Dennis Ross of Florida. He is not a nationally respected conservative icon, and on everyone's shortlist for POTUS in 2020. Like Paul Ryan is.



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Fri May 6, 2016, 08:44 PM

2. I think Ryan is trying to save the GOP US House ...

... and doesn't care about a Trump Presidency.
In fact, IMHO, he probably thinks he (Ryan) can work better with a President Clinton.

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