House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reluctantly defended Donald Trump during a Thursday press conference in response to a reporter’s question about whether the real estate mogul is qualified to be President.
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) reluctantly defended Donald Trump during a Thursday press conference in response to a reporter’s question about whether the real estate mogul is qualified to be President.
“Donald Trump won the nomination,” Ryan said. “Having a business guy as President is not the worst idea in the world-I’ll say that.”
The Speaker withheld his endorsement of Trump until early June and has consistently said that his support is not unconditional.
Ryan has also has proven willing to occasionally rebuke some of Trump’s more extreme rhetoric. The most notable example was when the real estate mogul previously suggested in a television interview that a Mexican-American federal judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University was incapable of rendering an impartial judgment.
At the press conference the Speaker was asked by another reporter if Trump should agree to release his tax returns to the general public just as Ryan had done in 2012 when he ran for Vice President.
“I’ll defer to Donald Trump as to when he thinks the appropriate time [is] to release his returns,” Ryan said. “I know he’s under an audit and he’s got an opinion about when to release those and I’ll defer to him on that.”
But when pressed again Ryan finally relented and suggested that Trump should release his tax returns.
“I released mine and I think we should release ours,” Ryan said. “I’ll leave it to him when to do it.”
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) told reporters during her weekly press conference Thursday that Trump’s candidacy has boosted enthusiasm among grassroots Democrats.
“I think the gift that keeps on giving; that would be the Republican nominee,” Pelosi said. “That’s helped us mobilize voters at the grassroots level; increasing our budget aspirations and urgency for turnout. Helps us raise money… He makes a clear distinction between us and him.”
TMN Intern Danielle Prokop contributed to this article.