Mike Pence moves away from Donald Trump, backs House Speaker Paul Ryan
Republican Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence today pledged to support Paul Ryan, a political move seen to move himself away from Donald Trump.
Mike Pence has given his “strong” support to Ryan, currently planning for for re-election from Wisconsin seat, it is reported.
Earlier Trump met with strong disagreement from Republican Party leaders over his decision not to support Ryan or Arizona Senator John McCain, who are looking for re-election from their respective constituencies, said the EFE news.
Praising Ryan today, Pence told news media that Ryan is a “strong conservative leader”, and could do “great things”, after his re-election.
“I strongly support Paul Ryan, strongly endorse his re-election,” Pence told Fox News. “He’s a long-time friend. He’s a strong conservative leader. I believe we need Paul Ryan in leadership,” added Trump’s running mate for US Presidential race.
Trump in a recent interview made his decision not to back, Ryan in his party primaries. Analysts say, it was a breach of US political traditions, and showed the power struggles among the Republicans.
“I like Paul. But these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there. I’m not quite there yet,” Trump said the media.
Experts say, Trump even chose those exact words being used by his rival, when Ryan tried his best not to support the businessman-turned Presidential candidate last May.
However, later he changed his stance and decided to endorse him, when Trump lay claims over the Republicans nominee for US Presidential elections.
Trump tried to support Ryan’s rival Paul Nehlen, during Republican primaries, and praised him on many occasions, said EFE news.
This has made Ryan a staunch critic of Trump and recently he criticized him for his comments on the father of a dead US Muslim soldier.