Trump ‘surprised’ by House speaker’s refusal to back him

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WASHINGTON: Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, said Friday he was surprised by the US House speaker’s refusal to back his bid for the White House and that the two will meet next week. In a stunning declaration, Paul Ryan said Thursday he was not yet ready to support the billionaire, signaling a deep rift within the Republican party. The shock announcement by America’s top elected Republican was expected to reverberate throughout the GOP’s establishment and its rank and file, amid swirling concerns over whether conservatives will rally around Trump in his expected election match up against Democrat Hillary Clinton. “I was really surprised by it. And it’s fine. He can do whatever he wants to do. But I was surprised by it,” Trump told the “Fox & Friends” program. “He talks about unity, but what is this about unity?” The billionaire real estate mogul added that he and Ryan would be meeting next week.

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