House Speaker Paul Ryan refuses to back Donald Trump

In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a reporter during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers return to Washington for an end-of-session sprint to avert a government shutdown, finally pass a long-term highway funding bill, and clear away unfinished business like renewing tax breaks for individuals and business. The new two or three weeks will be a big test for new Speaker Paul Ryan, who has to balance the demands of conservatives with the need to get Obama to sign must-do bills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
In this Nov. 19, 2015 photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. calls on a reporter during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Lawmakers return to Washington for an end-of-session sprint to avert a government shutdown, finally pass a long-term highway funding bill, and clear away unfinished business like renewing tax breaks for individuals and business. The new two or three weeks will be a big test for new Speaker Paul Ryan, who has to balance the demands of conservatives with the need to get Obama to sign must-do bills. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan is refusing to support Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.

Ryan is the GOP’s highest-ranking office holder and made the stunning announcement on CNN’s “The Lead” on Thursday.

It came two days after Trump essentially clinched the nomination with a commanding win in Indiana that forced his last two opponents from the race.

Ryan says he wants to be able to support Trump but that he’s not there yet. He says Trump has work to do to unify the party.

Ryan says many Republicans want to see “a standard-bearer who bears our standards” and “unifies all the wings of the Republicans Party.”

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