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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds a Purple Heart medal given to him by a supporter during a campaign rally at Briar Woods High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2016, in Ashburn, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump refuses to support Paul Ryan, John McCain in primaries


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said he refuses to support House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in upcoming primary elections, according to The Washington Post. 

Instead, Trump praised Ryan's opponent Paul Nehlen for running "a very good campaign." 

Trump said Ryan has asked for his endorsement, but he is still considering it. 

"I like Paul, but these are horrible times for our country," Trump told The Washington Post. "We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I'm just not quite there yet. I'm not quite there yet."

Trump and Ryan have had a tense relationship over the last few months. 

Ryan has disagreed with the Republican presidential nominee on many key issues including banning Muslims from entering the country and Trump's comments about the Mexican judge presiding over a lawsuit against Trump University. 

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According to the Washington Post, Monday McCain issued a statement denouncing Trump for his comments about Khizr Khan. 

Khan, whose son was killed by a suicide bomber in 2004 while fighting in Iraq, slammed Donald Trump in a speech at the Democratic National Convention last week. 

The soldier's father questioned whether Trump had ever read the Constitution and urged him to "look for the words liberty and equal protection of law."

Trump responded by calling Khan's speech a vicious attack and questioning why Khan's wife never spoke. 

When asked about McCain's rebuke, Trump told The Washington Post, "I've never been there with John McCain because I've always felt that he should have done a much better job for the vets."

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