WASHINGTON, D.C. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says his abandonment of Donald Trump is aimed at protecting Republican control of the House.
But it may test his hold on his own job and his long-term ambitions.
The Wisconsin Republican said this week he won’t defend his party’s volatile presidential nominee and that GOP candidates should do whatever it takes to win re-election. That has impelled some GOP lawmakers to suggest they may not back his re-election as speaker.
Assuming Republicans remain in control of the House after November’s elections, Ryan may need every GOP vote he can get to keep his post.
That means he can’t afford to let the trickle of Republican lawmakers suggesting retaliation against him for dropping Trump grow much larger.