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Ryan-Trump Split Foreshadows Bitter Battle for Soul of GOP

  • House speaker told Republicans to do whatever they need to win
  • Trump blasted Ryan for ‘wasting time’ fighting party’s nominee
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Ryan Runs Away From Trump Without Rescinding Endorsement

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When it comes to Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan made clear that he’s prepared to risk a civil war in the Republican Party to retain control of Congress.

Ryan broke ranks with the Republican national chairman and Trump’s own running mate Monday to declare that he was effectively disavowing his party’s presidential nominee -- telling Republicans running for the House and Senate to do whatever they need to do to win, even if means rejecting Trump.