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Speaker Paul Ryan slams Trump in leaked recording

U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) explains the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act during his weekly press conference at the U.S. Capitol March 9, 2017 in Washington, DC
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Ryan overheard saying he will not support Trump during campaign in conversation leaked by Breitbart

A leaked recording released Monday by Breitbart News features Speaker of House Paul Ryan saying that he won’t defend US President Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign in October.

In the recording, Ryan is overheard saying that he is "not going to defend Donald Trump — not now, not in the future," CNN reported.

In the recording, Ryan asserted that Trump does not represent the Republican Party’s values and explained that he would continue to support House Republicans who are running for re-election.

Ryan reportedly made these remarks on a conference call with House Republican members. His remarks were discussed in the media prior to this week but the actual recording was released on Monday. His statements were made after a video circulated which featured Trump bragging about groping women.

"But the last thing I want to do is to help Hillary Clinton get the presidency, and get Congress," Ryan said on the tape. "Look, she's a failed progressive. She's running an abysmal campaign. I mean, it's just -- it's amazing how easily she could be beaten."

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