Ryan’s endorsement of Trump ended an extraordinary public split. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)
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House Speaker Paul Ryan's endorsement of Donald Trump comes with caveats.He's not publicly backing any of Trump's policies. And even as he vows to vote for the brash billionaire, Ryan is reminding voters he doesn't support Trump's confrontational style. The Wisconsin Republican's endorsement may have ended a weekslong holdout that exposed deep divisions within the GOP. But his comments during an exclusive interview with the AP exposed lingering reservations, suggesting that Ryan's shift was driven more by a deep desire to defeat leading Democrat Hillary Clinton than to support Trump.Ryan couched his endorsement around what he called an increased comfort level with Trump's approach toward Ryan's policy priorities, including halting overreach of the president and executive branch.Some GOP leaders have vowed not to support Trump, including 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who tapped Ryan as his running mate.Ryan's announcement came as Clinton delivered a foreign policy speech excoriating Trump's approach.Ryan said he made the decision to formally endorse Trump earlier in the week.
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