Behind the scenes, Ryan touts his agenda in Cleveland, not Trump's

Speaker of the House Ryan declares that Trump has won the Republican presidential nomination after announcing the results of a roll call vote at the Republican National Convention in ClevelandBy Ginger Gibson and Emily Stephenson CLEVELAND (Reuters) – U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan offered his strongest support yet for Donald Trump’s White House bid on Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, saying the New York businessman he has repeatedly criticized provides America “a chance at a better way.” Behind the scenes in Cleveland, the highest-ranking elected Republican has been shopping a competing vision for the party, backed by some wealthy donors and Republican establishment figures who see him as the savior of a party thrown into turmoil by Trump’s candidacy. The support reflects deep divisions within the party over Trump’s harder line on stemming illegal immigration and his threats to scrap trade deals that he says have hurt American workers but establishment Republicans view as central to their free trade policies.

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