Manafort vs. Stephanopoulos: No Paul Ryan Endorsement Because We Have a Rule Of Not Getting Involved In Primaries


Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort appeared on Good Morning America with host George Stephanopoulos this morning and addressed campaign turmoil, Paul Ryan and the Khan family.

Manafort said Trump has not and will not endorse Paul Ryan because the campaign has "a rule of not getting involved in primaries."

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Reince Priebus the chair of the RNC has been a strong ally of Donald Trump. He is livid about his refusal to endorse Paul Ryan. Are we going to see an endorsement? Has he spoken with Mr. Priebus?

PAUL MANAFORT: Look, Reince Priebus is a strong supporter of Donald Trump. And a good friend and supporter of Paul Ryan. He's been a bridge between the party and the campaign since Mr. Trump became the presumptive nominee in April. They've spoken several times in the past two days. They are very good friends. We are doing a lot of great things together.

There's a conflict within the Trump campaign. We've sort of had a rule of not getting involved in primaries because it's usually not a good situation for the presidential candidate. Of course he's going to work with Paul Ryan. Of course he's tried to bridge the party together with Paul Ryan. But Ryan is also running against someone who is not going to win but nonetheless is a strong supporter of Mr. Trump's. And so it's not just in Paul Ryan's district, that gets all the notoriety because he's the Speaker.

Regarding the Captain Khan controversy, Stephanopoulos asked Manafort why Trump won't apologize to the Gold Star family.

"Almost 70% of the voters thought that those comments about the Khan family were out of bounds. Why not apologize?" Stephanopoulos asked.

"I think Mr. Trump has paid the respect. It's just nobody is acknowledging it," Manafort responded.

"Well, he hasn't apologized," Stephanopoulos said.

"Well, what he said is that he respects and is totally sympathetic to the sacrafices that family has made. And he has talked about the son and the family. And beyond that, I think it is politics and deciding what the right words are. He has been appreciative of their efforts.

"He's hoping to move on without an apology?"

"He's expressed his sympathy," Manafort said. "We quibble over words, but the sentiments are there."

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