Poll Context: House speaker Paul Ryan chose to speak with CNN’s Jake Tapper to voice his opinion on Donald Trump,
“Well, to be perfectly candid with you Jake, I’m just not prepared to do that at this point. I’m not there right now. I hope to, though. I want to. But I think what is required is that we unify this party, and I think the bulk of the burden on unifying the party will have to come from our presumptive nominee. I don’t want to underplay what he accomplished. He needs to be congratulated for an enormous accomplishment…But he also inherits something very special…This is the party of Lincoln, of Reagan, of Jack Kemp…We hope that our nominee is Lincoln or Reaganesque, that the person advances the principles of our party and appeals to a vast majority of Americans.”
“I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda,” he said. “Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!”
Trump’s spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson, has suggested that Ryan should resign if he declines to support Trump.