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Speaker Paul Ryan, in conference call, tells House GOP he will not defend Donald Trump

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Posted at 10:41 AM, Oct 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-10 16:06:44-04

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in a conference call with House Republicans this morning told them he would not defend presidential candidate Donald Trump.

The call comes on the heels of the release of a video in which Trump was heard making lewd remarks about women. Some Republican leaders have retracted endorsements of Trump.

CNN reports someone also on the conference said the Speaker told GOP lawmakers to "do what's best for you," focusing energy on other races to ensure they have a majority in the House after the Nov. 8 election.

Ryan has not revoked his endorsement of the Republican presidential candidate.

Trump responded with a tweet of his own.