Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, spoke to a group of reports on Wednesday on Capitol Hill, and shot down rumors that he was ready to endorse presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
“I haven’t made a decision,” responded Ryan when asked if he would endorse Trump. The two sides have met together and the talks were reportedly promising, but Ryan maintains his view that the billionaire is a political neophyte. Ryan remains the only Republican congressional leadership member to not officially endorse Trump for president.
Spokesman Zack Roday confirmed that Trump and Ryan were scheduled to talk Wednesday night via telephone. “This is not an endorsement call,” confirmed Roday.
A Ryan aide explained that the call is an effort to discuss the party’s agenda.
Ryan also discussed comments made by Trump earlier in the week against New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. Trump stated that “she is not doing her job” after the governor declined an invitation to attend a Trump rally in the state.
Ryan said “she’s a friend of mine” before stating she was a “great governor.” The Speaker of the House declined to comment any further on the matter.
Trump’s and Ryan’s staff are in contact daily, according to Ryan. A Ryan endorsement would be a major step toward uniting the Republican party.