Team Ryan on Trump Endorsement: The Speaker 'Appreciates the Gesture'

Sen. Pat Toomey R-Pa. speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia. Endangered Toomey is banking on Pennsylvania voters backing him in November even if they oppose fellow Republican Donald Trump a ticket-splittin

"House Speaker Paul Ryan "appreciates the gesture" from GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump for endorsing Ryan in Green Bay on Friday night, a spokesman told Breitbart News". "John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office, and I fully support and endorse his re-election", said Trump, before backing Ayotte.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who has told CBS 58 News in the past he would look forward to an opportunity to serve in Homeland Security in a Trump Administration, was in Green Bay and spoke to the crowd before Trump.

Trump, whose candidacy has been marked by frequent attacks on Republican leadership, changed his tune from just days earlier.

On Tuesday, Trump withheld his support for the House speaker's Wisconsin primary reelection, saying in an interview with The Washington Post, "I'm just not quite there yet", words that echoed Ryan's comments about his own initial hesitation to endorse Trump as presidential nominee back in May: "I'm just not ready to do that at this point. I'm not there right now".

Trump says, "We have to unite". But in neighboring Wisconsin, a state Trump insists he can win, the state's best-known Republicans said they were too busy to attend an evening event.

"I hope Americans understand that the remarks do not represent the views of our Republican Party, its officers, or candidates", McCain said in a almost 700-word statement.

The refusal to back Ryan had been seen by many as a final straw.

Trump claimed that Islamic State militants were watching the election closely and "salivating" at the prospect of a second Clinton White House.

But then, Trump pointed out that he owes his success to his ability to put together "a really fantastic team" and stressed that he would need a Republican House and Senate to accomplish his agenda as president.

Clinton sought to take advantage of Trump's dip in the polls at a conference of minority journalists in Washington, where she pledged an all-out fight for comprehensive immigration reform.

"The GOP presidential nominee jumped on Clinton's recent remarks that she had "short-circuited" when misspeaking about the FBI's probe into her email server".

Clinton sparked controversy earlier this week when she suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation director had concluded that she was "truthful" about her use of a private email server and handling of classified information.

Mr Trump called his Democratic opponent "a unsafe liar", "an unbalanced person", "pretty close to unhinged", "totally unfit to lead" and lacking "the judgment, temperament and moral character to lead the country".

She also acknowledged that many people do not trust her.

Clinton had repeatedly said publicly that she never sent emails containing classified material, a finding that Comey contradicted at the conclusion of the FBI's probe in July, when he rebuked her for "extremely careless" handling of classified information while recommending that no criminal charges be filed.

"It doesn't make me feel good when people say those things, and I recognise that I have work to do", Mrs Clinton said.

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