The standoff between the GOP’s presumptive nominee and the Speaker of the House may be coming to an end.
ABC is reporting that a number of “senior-level Trump campaign sources” have confirmed that House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to endorse presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. The news comes two weeks after Trump and Ryan held a Washington DC summit in which the two discussed working to piece together the fractured Republican Party.
Ryan aides are still claiming the Speaker has not committed to an endorsement. Bloomberg reports:
Ryan aides say nothing has been decided about a possible Trump endorsement. But Trump’s campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told a small group of Republican lawmakers Thursday that he expects Ryan to endorse the party’s nominee as early as this week, according to two people in the meeting.
If Ryan were to endorse Trump, the move would end a nearly unprecedented standoff between the House speaker and his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, and remove the biggest remaining obstacle to Trump’s efforts to unite Republicans around his campaign.
Earlier this month Ryan told CNN’s Jake Tapper that he was not ready to support Trump. “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now,” the Wisconsin Republican told Tapper in an interview.