Trump endorses Ryan in House race, McCain and Ayotte in Senate contests

From The Washington Post:

Capping a week of backbiting between Donald Trump and Republican leaders, the GOP presidential nominee on Friday sought to end a high-stakes impasse by delivering a formal endorsement of U.S. House Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s reelection bid after initially refusing to do so.

“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change,” Trump said during a campaign event in Green Bay, Wis., on Friday evening. “So in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House, Paul Ryan.”

When asked for the speaker’s reaction, a spokesman said: “He appreciates the gesture and is going to continue to focus on earning the endorsement of the voters in Southern Wisconsin.”

Trump ignited a firestorm in his party this week when he pointedly withheld his endorsement from Ryan, who faces a primary challenge Tuesday. That infuriated Republican leaders close to Ryan — and in particular the Republican National Committee chairman, Reince Priebus, himself from Wisconsin — who have sought to project party unity as the general election season hits its stride.

Trump sought to move beyond that feud Friday, flashing two thumbs up as he formally endorsed Ryan, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (N.H.) for reelection.

Trump received a cold shoulder from several high-profile Republicans on Friday in Wisconsin, where he hosted an evening rally in Green Bay. Neither Gov. Scott Walker nor Ryan was expected to attend the rally, Trump’s first in the state since its April primary.

Walker, along with Priebus, attended a campaign event last week in Waukesha, Wis., with Trump’s running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos, in an op-ed published on a conservative website Friday, said he was …

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