House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Thursday that he is withholding his support from presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, adding to the bizarre and tense conversation that has erupted as the party tries to come to grips with its new standard-bearer.
A few Republicans have said they will back Hillary Clinton rather than cast a ballot for Mr. Trump, and the Libertarian Party is eagerly offering itself to disaffected conservatives as a soft landing spot in November. Still other Republicans say they can’t accept any of the options and are hoping to recruit an independent candidate to challenge the whole lot.
Mr. Ryan said he does want to end up supporting Mr. Trump, though the billionaire businessman will have to convince Republicans that he accepts their philosophy of limited government and must prove he will tone down the bullying and insults that characterized the Trump campaign during the primaries.
“I’m not there right now,” Mr. Ryan told CNN.