This is a healthy position for Ryan, and frankly the entire GOP, to take.
The speaker told his members “you all need to do what’s best for you in your district” and that he will not defend Trump or campaign with him over the next 29 days until Election Day on Nov. 8. Ryan had been planning to campaign with Trump on Saturday, the day after the video surfaced, but that appearance was quickly scrapped.
According to sources, Ryan will now spend his energy to make sure that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton doesn’t get a blank check with a Democratic-controlled Congress if she does win the presidency. This is what Ryan sees as best for the party and for his members, not himself, and he was aware there may be other political pressures to get him to do otherwise, but his concerns about keeping the majority superseded that.
“The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” Ryan press secretary AshLee Strong said.