- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2016

It appears as though presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump is now deferring to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan for the time being on who holds the unofficial mantle of leader of the Republican party.

“Well, I would say Paul Ryan,” Mr. Trump said on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on Wednesday. “I mean, I would really think that.”

Mr. Trump had been asked who he thinks the leader of the Republican party is “today.” The billionaire businessman is meeting with Mr. Ryan and other congressional Republicans in Washington, D.C., on Thursday.

“I’m doing very well, I’m leading in every category, and I think I’m going to have a record number of votes. I already have a record number of votes, come to think of it,” Mr. Trump said. “Millions of votes more than they had four years ago — many millions of votes more.”

“And I think I’ve set the all-time record for votes gotten by a Republican candidate, but I would say Paul for the time being, and maybe for a long time,” he said.

Last week, Mr. Trump had said on Twitter: “Paul Ryan said that I inherited something very special, the Republican Party. Wrong, I didn’t inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!”



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