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Ryan Would Give Up Convention Chairman Role If Trump Asks

  • Offer comes amid Republican Party rift on presumptive nominee
  • Trump, Ryan and other House leaders plan to meet on Thursday
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Why Donald Trump Needs the Republican Establishment

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House Speaker Paul Ryan said Monday he’ll step down as chairman of the Republican National Convention if Donald Trump asks him to do so.

Ryan’s offer comes amid continued resistance by Ryan and other conservatives in the Republican Party to throwing their support behind the party’s presumptive 2016 presidential nominee. It also increases the uncertainty over whether Ryan is pursuing a short-term negotiating ploy or gearing up for a longer-term standoff.