Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has had a bumpy time of it with presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. A former VP candidate (Mitt Romey’s 2012 running mate), Ryan has tried to find common ground to consolidate the GOP behind Trump’s controversial run. But it hasn’t been easy — and Trump hasn’t gone hat in hand to Ryan for his blessing either. Ryan said on Meet The Press that he feels he “should not be leading some chasm in the middle of our party” because that would guarantee a Democrat in the White House.
But Ryan’s hesitation still lurks beneath the surface of his remarks about falling in line behind Trump. Giving an out to the NeverTrump contingent in the GOP, Ryan said “The last thing I would do is tell anybody to do something that’s contrary to their conscience.”