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Trump refuses to endorse Ryan, McCain

Donald Trump this week refused to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Trump also declined to endorse U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

Trump told The Washington Post he's "just not quite there yet," when asked about an endorsement of Ryan. The congressman faces a primary challenge from his right in Wisconsin on Aug. 9.

Trump's phrasing was similar to comments from Ryan, who was slow to endorse Trump.

This week, Ryan, without referring to Trump by name, criticized the nominee's attacks on the parents of an Army captain killed in Iraq. Others in the GOP also criticized Trump and some influential Republicans — not Ryan — announced their support for Democrat Hillary Clinton in November.

Hewlett-Packard executive Meg Whitman said she would vote for Clinton, in part because "Donald Trump's demagoguery has undermined the fabric of our national character."

Also, former Chris Christie aide Maria Comella said she supports Clinton. "As someone who has worked to further the Republican Party's principles for the last 15 years, I believe that we are at a moment where silence isn't an option," she told CNN.

And Sally Bradshaw, who wrote the post-2012 report calling for unity and tolerance in the Republican Party, said she's leaving the GOP. If the presidential contest looks close in Florida, Bradshaw said she'd vote for Clinton.

Other high-profile Republicans have not said they'd vote for Clinton but they have said they won't vote for Trump, including Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush.

In the Post interview, Trump also declined to support McCain's re-election and said Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is weak.

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