Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in an interview broadcast Sunday that he will serve as chairman of the Republican National Convention in July, despite growing disagreements with the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
“I am the chairman of the Republican convention. Donald [Trump] asked me to continue serving in that capacity,” Ryan said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“I do intend and plan on serving as the chairman of the convention. That is what the Speaker of the House does. It comes with the job.”
Prior to endorsing Trump for the party’s nomination, Ryan said he would be willing to relinquish his duties as chairman of the convention if Trump asked him to.
“He’s the nominee. I’ll do whatever he wants with respect to the convention,” Ryan said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel last month.
Ryan’s latest comments come amid growing tensions between Trump and the Speaker.
Trump has in recent weeks faced criticism for citing a judge’s Mexican heritage as a conflict of interest as he presides over a case involving Trump University, a for-profit business enterprise that former students allege defrauded them and left them with huge amounts of debt. Fellow Republicans, including Ryan, have condemned Trump’s remarks. Ryan called Trump’s comments “textbook” racism.
“I do think that those comments are racist comments,” Ryan said of Trump’s attacks on Judge Gonzalo Curiel on “Face the Nation.”
“That’s why I disavowed them completely. What bothers me about the comments is it doesn’t reflect who we are or what we think or how we think as Republicans. … The notion that someone’s ethnicity or race affects the way they do their job is completely the opposite of what we believe.”