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House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., give the thumbs-up as he speaks during the third day session of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Donald Trump endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain



On Friday night, after a week of hedging, Donald Trump endorsed Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Trump said, "I support and endorse our Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan."

He followed that up by endorsing Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Kelly Ayotte, "and while I'm at it, I hold in the highest esteem Sen. John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office, and I fully support and endorse his re-election. I also fully support and endorse Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire."

Both Senators he declined to endorse earlier in the week.

The Ryan endorsement is a change for Trump who earlier this week told the Washington Post that he was "just not quite there yet."

The statement echoed Ryan's original non-endorsement of Trump in May when he told CNN's Jake Tapper that he's, "not there right now."

Less than a month later, Ryan endorsed Trump in an op-ed in his hometown paper, the Janesville Gazette.

Earlier in the week, Trump praised Ryan's opponent in a tweet. 

RNC Chair Reince Priebus earlier tweeted about voting for Ryan.

Some Republican commentators highlighted Trump's flip-flopping. 

Ryan is supposed to easily win his primary this Tuesday. According to a Remington Research Group poll released Friday the Speaker has the support of 80 percent of his Congressional district's voters. His opponent Paul Nehlen only has 14 percent.

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