House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, reaffirmed his commitment to supporting presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump for president Monday, but said the controversial New York businessman wasn’t his preferred Republican candidate.
“Look, he wasn't my first choice, everybody knows that. And he and I have had our differences. But I really do believe that on all the big issues of the day and the direction we want to go with our policies and our principles, that he’s certainly better than Hillary Clinton,” Ryan said in an interview with Wisconsin NBC affiliate WMTV.
Ryan, who has repeatedly criticized Trump’s rhetoric and more controversial proposals - including his proposed Muslim immigration ban - publicly remained neutral in the GOP primary. As House speaker, Ryan is presiding over the Republican convention.
He initially withheld his endorsement in May after Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee out of concerns about Trump’s campaign, but eventually announced his support in his...