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Trump Endorses Paul Ryan, John McCain and Kelly Ayotte

Donald Trump has decided to endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte — after initially declining to do so and in the case of McCain, assailing him repeatedly.

Trump broke with his usual form, reading from notes. He expressed his admiration for Ronald Reagan his "big tent" theory.

“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory," Trump said. "And very importantly toward real change. So in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the house Paul Ryan."

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— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 6, 2016

Trump initially said that he hadn't decided whether or not to endorse Ryan, in an echo of Ryan's initial hesitance to endorse Trump, although he ultimately said he would endorse the real estate mogul.

He also threw his support behind McCain, of Arizona, who he took to task for being captured and held as a POW during Vietnam.

"I hold in the highest esteem Senator John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office and I fully support and endorse his reelection Very important. We'll work together," Trump said.

In addition to questioning McCain's military service, he also questioned his commitment to veterans.

This is a developing story. Please check back in for updates.


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