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Donald Trump endorses Ryan, McCain, and Ayotte

Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Republican U.S. Presidential nominee Donald Trump.REUTERS

GREEN BAY, Wis. — GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is striking a rare tone of party unity.

In addition to formally endorsing House Speaker Paul Ryan, Trump on Friday evening also threw his support behind Arizona Sen. John McCain and New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, with whom he has sparred. Trump says, ‘‘We have to unite.’’

He says that, as president, he will need a Republican Senate and House to accomplish all of the changes he wants to make.

He adds that, ‘‘This campaign is not about me or any one candidate,’’ and says: ‘‘We will have disagreements. But we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory.’’


Trump made the announcement during a campaign stop Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The timing is unusual. The rally is being held on a Friday night opposite the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

In an interview earlier this week, Trump said he was ‘‘not quite there yet’’ when it came to endorsing Ryan in his primary race.

He also praised Ryan’s opponent, Paul Nehlen, for running ‘‘a very good campaign.’’ Nehlen says Trump’s decision ‘‘is appropriate and is a display of true leadership.’’