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Campaign chair plays down Donald Trump-Paul Ryan rift

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The Latest on the U.S. presidential campaign (all times local):

7:55 a.m.

Donald Trump‘s campaign chairman is playing down a rift between the Republican nominee and House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Paul Manafort acknowledged “a conflict within the Trump campaign” after vice presidential candidate Mike Pence endorsed Ryan a day after Trump declined to do so. Manafort spoke on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Manafort the campaign has “sort of had a rule of not getting involved in primaries.” He said Ryan’s primary rival “is not going to win,” but noted he has supported Trump.

“Of course, he’s going to work with Paul Ryan,” Manafort said Trump has “tried to bridge the party together” with Ryan.

3:20 a.m.

Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has tried to focus on winning over conservatives who are skeptical of the New York billionaire, but his new boss keeps getting in the way.

The Indiana governor has been called on several times to do damage control this past week after the Republican presidential nominee made incendiary remarks.

Trump feuded publicly with the family of deceased Army Capt. Humayun Khan after they criticized Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric. Trump also refused to endorse Arizona Sen. John McCain and Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Pence responded by saying Khan’s family should be cherished. He also had a meeting with McCain and publicly endorsed Ryan.

There’s no indication Trump is unsatisfied with Pence’s approach. Some supporters hope Pence will counterbalance Trump’s more provocative remarks.

Republished with permission of the Associated Press.

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