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Speaker Ryan still endorsing Trump, but not campaigning with him

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-1st District (Photo source: Office of Rep. Paul Ryan)

(WLUK) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan told congressional Republicans that he will not defend Donald Trump or campaign with him in the next 30 days.

Ryan also told House Republicans, "You all need to do what’s best for you in your district."

These comments were made in a conference call Monday morning, according to someone on the call. Ryan's office released a readout of the call.

However, Republican Rep. Reid Ribble says Ryan said he still endorses Trump for president. Ribble tells FOX 11 that Ryan's comments Monday weren't much different than what Ryan has said in the past.

On Twitter Monday afternoon, Trump tweeted that Ryan should spend more time on issues and "not waste his time on fighting" the Republican nominee.

Ryan and Trump's relationship has been tumultuous throughout the year.

Ryan, a Janesville Republican, and Trump were scheduled to finally make their first joint campaign appearance Saturday in Wisconsin.

But Ryan announced late Friday that Trump was no longer welcome at the rally after a recording was released featuring the former reality TV star describing sexually assaulting a woman.

Incumbent Republican Sen. Ron Johnson stood by Trump while campaigning in western Wisconsin Monday. Johnson is in a tough re-election fight with Democrat Russ Feingold.

"You know, I would say, in a country of 320 million people and you take a look at the two candidates, certainly I wish we had better role models," said Johnson. "I'm certainly concerned about Hillary Clinton."

Gov. Scott Walker and 8th Congressional District candidate Mike Gallagher have each condemned the video but have not indicated if they will pull their support of Trump.

A spokesman for Rep. Glenn Grothman, R-6th District, said Grothman's schedule was too full Monday to answer any questions about Trump.

Rep. Ribble says Ryan plans to continue focusing on keeping the Republican majority in the House of Representatives. Republicans have a 247 to 188 lead in the House. The advantage in the Senate is much more narrow, 54 to 44.

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