Paul Ryan on Donald Trump as Republican Party Leader: ‘Good Lord, I Hope’

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 15: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) talks to reporters following the weekly House Republican conference meeting at the GOP headquarters on Capitol Hill March 15, 2016 in Washington, DC. Ryan confirmed that the House Republicans are consulting with Republican candidates about their plans, …
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) said he hopes Republican voters trust presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump instead of himself to lead the party.

“I hope it’s Donald Trump. He’s getting the nomination,” Ryan stated during a press conference in response to an NBC News|SurveyMonkey poll revealing six out of 10 Republican voters “trust” Trump in leading the Republican Party, but only four in 10 of the voters said they prefer Ryan leading it.

Responding to a question asking if he thinks Trump is the new leader of the GOP, Ryan responded, “Good Lord, I hope it is, because the person who is getting the nomination is the person to lead our party.”

According to The Hill, another question was raised about a recent New York Times report portraying Trump’s treatment of women as degrading, but Ryan refused to weigh in on the story, saying he won’t get involved in the “day-to-day, up and down of this campaign.”

“Don’t get into the habit of thinking I’m going to comment on what’s up, what’s down, and what article is here and what article is there,” Ryan explained. “I’m focused on policies and principles and unifying our party.”