House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI is disavowing recent comments made by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Trump claims a U.S. district judge hearing a lawsuit against Trump University might be biased because of his Mexican ancestry. Ryan on Tuesday denounced those comment, and said he regrets them being made. “Claiming a person can’t do the job because of their race is kind of like the textbook definition of a racist comment,” Ryan said.
However, the Janesville Republican stopped short of withdrawing his support for Trump though, who he endorsed just last week.
Ryan said he believes Trump is still the best option for advancing the agenda of the House GOP. “Do I believe that Hillary Clinton is going to be the answer to solving these problems? I do not. I believe that we have more common ground on the policy issues of the day, and we have more likelihood of getting our policies enacted with him than we do with her,” he said.
Ryan wrote a column last week that said he would be voting for Trump, although the Speaker said at the time that he would continue to speak out in situations where he disagrees him.