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Paul Ryan will no longer defend or campaign with Donald Trump

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Paul Ryan didn’t un-endorse Trump, but he essentially conceded the presidential race, saying his goal is “Making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check.”

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NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Monday, October 10, 2016, 11:58 AM

Ryan for the hills.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said he won’t defend or campaign with Donald Trump and will focus on keeping the House majority in a conference call with House Republicans Monday morning, telling his members to do what they need vis-a-vis Trump to win reelection.

Ryan didn’t un-endorse Trump, but he essentially conceded the presidential race, saying his goal is “Making sure that Hillary Clinton does not get a blank check.”

Republicans are seriously worried about holding onto House control for the first time in years, fretting that Trump’s flailing campaign will drag down even members in normally safe districts.

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“You all need to do what’s best for you in your district,” Ryan said on the call, according to someone on the call.

Dozens of top Republicans have officially dumped Trump since Friday, when video of him saying his fame lets him grab women “by the p---y” became public.

Dozens of top Republicans have officially dumped Trump since Friday, when video of him saying his fame lets him grab women “by the p—y” became public.

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Ryan’s open encouragement to his members to break with Trump if needed shows how dire the situation has become across the party. Dozens of top Republicans have officially dumped Trump since Friday, when video of him saying his fame lets him grab women “by the p—y” became public.

That video led Ryan to uninvite Trump from a campaign event in his state over the weekend, ending Trump’s chances of stumping with the speaker this election.

“The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told the Daily News in an emailed statement.

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