House Speaker Paul Ryan all but concedes Clinton will be president

Paul Ryan
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington. Two fresh faces in the Republican Party, Ryan and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, are offering messages of openness and diversity that could answer the GOP establishment’s increasingly desperate search for an antidote to the loud pronouncements of presidential front-runner Donald Trump. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – House Speaker Paul Ryan is all but conceding Hillary Clinton will be the next president.

In a conference call Monday morning with House Republicans, Ryan tells them that he will not defend Donald Trump or campaign with him for the next 30 days.

Instead, he says he will spend “his entire energy making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check with a Democrat-controlled Congress.”

That’s according to a person on the call who demanded anonymity to describe the private conversation.

Speaker Ryan also told congressional Republicans that he won’t defend Donald Trump now or in the future and will spend the next month defending his party’s House majority.

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