House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) warned that his endorsement of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is conditional. "If I hear things that I think are wrong, I'm not going to sit by and say nothing, because I think I have a duty as a Republican leader to defend Republican principles and our party's brand if I think they're being distorted," Ryan told WTAQ news in Wisconsin. When he was asked whether there are reasons why he might withdraw support for Trump, Ryan answered, “of course there are.”
Ryan said, "I'm not going to get into the speculation or hypotheticals. None of these things are ever blank checks. That goes with any situation in any kind of race. But right now, he won the thing fair and square."
So far, Trump has not endorsed the House Speaker’s bid for re-election, and reportedly angered Ryan-ally RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. 
Since last week, controversy has raged over an exchange that ensued when a Khizr Khan -- the father of a Muslim U.S. Army captain who was killed in action in Iraq -- denounced Trump in a speech at the Democratic National Convention. Controversy exploded when Trump suggested that Khan’s wife, who silently stood by, had not been allowed to speak. Even though Trump has paid tribute to the slain Army Capt. Humayn Khan, who posthumously won a Bronze Star after being killed in a car-bomb attack, some media contend that he somehow denigrated both him and his family. Republicans such as Sen. John McCain of Arizona denounced Trump, while at least two members of Congress have rescinded their endorsements of the nominee.
Ryan repeated his criticism of Trump today concerning that latter’s comments about the Khan family. He said they were “beyond the pale,” but stopped short of rescinding his belated endorsement. "I don't like doing this. I don't want to do this, but I will do this because I feel like I have to in order to defend Republicans and our principles, so people don't make the mistake of thinking we think like that," Ryan said. "He's had a pretty strange run since the convention. You think you'd ought to be focusing on Hillary Clinton and all her deficiencies," he added. "She is such a weak candidate that one would think we would be on offense against Hillary Clinton, and it is distressing that that's not what we are talking about these days."



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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