House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Monday that he will no longer defend or campaign for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Ryan cancelled a scheduled appearance with the GOP candidate on Saturday after a 2005 videotape of Trump making lewd comments about women surfaced. Trump can be heard talking about his attempt to seduce a married woman, as well as kissing and touching women without their consent on the recording.
Several Republicans, including Arizona Senator John McCaine, have distanced themselves from Trump in the aftermath of the video's release.
Ryan will reportedly turn his focus to down ballot races. "The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities," Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said Monday.
While Ryan said he will no longer campaign for his party's White House hopeful, he did not say he was withdrawing his endorsement of Trump for president.