Paul Ryan Finally Endorses Donald Trump

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise,” Ryan says

Last Updated: June 2, 2016 @ 1:23 PM

House Speaker Paul Ryan has finally endorsed Donald Trump for president.

After refusing to commit to the real estate mogul when he became the presumptive nominee, and then electing not to make an announcement after the two met privately to discuss the situation, Ryan said on Thursday that he will vote for Trump.

Ryan detailed his support for the Donald in a column published in his hometown newspaper, writing he wants to “unite the party so we can win in the fall.”

“It’s no secret that he and I have our differences. I won’t pretend otherwise,” Ryan wrote. “And when I feel the need to, I’ll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.”

Ryan says that Trump “would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people’s lives. That’s why I’ll be voting for him this fall.”

Ryan’s announcement came as Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was delivering a speech excoriating Trump’s foreign policy. Ryan advisor Brendan Buck confirmed on Twitter that the newspaper column is an endorsement, but denied that it was timed to Clinton’s speech.

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