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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he's voting for Donald Trump

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Rep. Paul Ryan to vote Trump for president

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday on Twitter that he would be voting for presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

In his tweet, which linked to an article on the website for The Janesville Gazette (his hometown paper), Ryan argued that Trump would "help turn the House GOP's agenda into laws."

Ryan tweet.

A spokesman for Ryan clarified on Twitter that the speaker's team is "not playing word games," and others should "feel free to call it an endorsement."

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 12, 2016, following his meeting with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Ryan's hesitancy on Trump may be about this

In his piece for the Gazette, Ryan wrote that a White House led by Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton "would mean four more years of liberal cronyism and a government more out for itself than the people it serves." Trump, Ryan wrote, would be a more likely ally.

"It's no secret that he and I have our differences. I won't pretend otherwise. And when I feel the need to, I'll continue to speak my mind," Ryan wrote. "But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement."

Ryan had equivocated on a Trump endorsement for weeks, saying in May that he was "not ready" to fully endorse the New York businessman.

Soon after Ryan's announcement, his move was applauded by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Gingrich tweet.