Speaker of the House Paul Ryan told Jake Tapper in an interview Thursday that he cannot endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump right now. “I’m not ready to do that yet,” he said according to the Daily Beast. “I am not there right now. I hope to and want to.”
Ryan himself had previously been floated as a presidential candidate that could rival the more extreme elements of Trump, but he ultimately declined to seek the candidacy. While Ryan said that he hopes to have a united Republican party, he added the “bulk of the burden for uniting the party” needs to be on Trump.