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Paul Ryan Endorses Donald Trump for President

House Speaker Paul Ryan said that he will vote for Donald Trump, after weeks of withholding support for the presumptive Republican nominee.

Ryan did not explicitly say whether his vote was an endorsement, but wrote that it is Trump, not Hillary Clinton, who could help advance the House agenda.

In a column he wrote for his hometown newspaper on Wisconsin, The Gazette, Ryan wrote, “Donald Trump and I have talked at great length about things such as the proper role of the executive and fundamental principles such as the protection of life. The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.”

He added, “But the House policy agenda has been the main focus of our dialogue. We’ve talked about the common ground this agenda can represent. We’ve discussed how the House can be a driver of policy ideas. We’ve talked about how important these reforms are to saving our country. And we’ve talked about how, by focusing on issues that unite Republicans, we can work together to heal the fissures developed through the primary.

“Through these conversations, I feel confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.”

Ryan still indicated there were areas of disagreement.

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

Ryan focused his column on an agenda Republicans in the House plan to unveil this month, what he called a “positive, optimistic vision for a more confident America.” Trump, he wrote, would be willing to sign their GOP legislation into law.

Ryan had criticized Trump during primary season, and his decision to withhold his support in the weeks after Trump became the presumptive nominee raised the possibility of an enduring split in the party. At Trump’s Anaheim rally last week, one of the speakers mentioned Ryan’s name and it drew some boos.

But Trump and Ryan met in Washington last month, and have had conversations since then. Ryan is to serve as the chair of the Republican National Convention next month.

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