Paul Ryan will vote for presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, the speaker of the house wrote in a column submitted to The Gazette,
his hometown newspaper, on Thursday.
“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,” Ryan wrote. “The list of potential Supreme Court nominees he released after our first meeting was very encouraging.”
He continued: “Through these conversations, I feel confident he (Trump) 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.”
There was speculation over whether Ryan would vote for Trump after he said in an interview with Jake Tapper last month that he was not yet ready to support the billionaire real estate mogul.
Ryan and Trump met to discuss areas of common ground on May 12, but Ryan said afterward that it was too soon for an endorsement. In his column, Ryan noted that uniting the party and having a Republican in office ultimately outweighs his differences with Trump.
“A Clinton White House would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves. Quite simply, she represents all that our agenda aims to fix,” Ryan wrote.
“It’s no secret that he [Trump] and I have our differences,” he continued. “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.”