Trump tells NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ he was ‘blindsided’ by Paul Ryan’s refusal to endorse

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The last thing Donald Trump expected was for House Speaker Paul Ryan to refuse to endorse him.

In an interview with NBC News’ Chuck Todd scheduled to air Sunday morning on “Meet the Press,” Trump said he was “blindsided a little bit, because he spoke to me three weeks ago, and it was a very nice call, a very encouraging call. I was doing well. He called me, I think, to congratulate me about New York, ’cause I won by massive numbers.”

When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday if he planned on endorsing Trump, Ryan took a noncommittal approach, saying, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”

Trump responded then with a power play of his own. “I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda…”

But in the interview snipped released on Saturday before the show’s airing, the presumptive nominee was more gracious. Although he’s only met Ryan one time and doesn’t know him well, “I have a nice relationship with him.” Trump said, “And then all of a sudden, he gets on and he does this number. So I’m not exactly sure what he has in mind. But that’s OK.”

The two are set to meet on Thursday with other members of GOP leadership. Perhaps they can iron out enough of their differences to get on the same path politically.

Watch the interview snippet below:

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