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House Speaker Paul Ryan, arriving at his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, has defended his endorsement of Donald Trump and called one of Trump's comments racist.

Speaker Paul Ryan, appearing on WKOW-TV’s “Capitol City Sunday,” reiterated his comments that Donald Trump’s comments about the judge in the Trump University case were “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”

But he didn’t withdraw his support of the GOP nominee for president, and didn’t directly answer a question from host Greg Neumann about what it would take for him to withdraw his endorsement of Trump.

“This has to change,” Ryan said. “He has to fix this."

Throughout the interview, broadcast Sunday morning, Ryan repeatedly pivoted away from Neumann’s questions on Trump to talking about the “Better Way” agenda being rolled out by House Republicans.

Ryan reiterated that his support for Trump comes down to which presidential candidate could better turn those proposals into reality.

“It’s very clear to me that I have a far better chance with a President Trump than a President Clinton,” he said.

In particular, Ryan singled out what he saw as failures in President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, saying the administration has mishandled situations with Syria, Russia and Iran.

“Our allies question our resolve and our allegiances,” Ryan said. “And more importantly, our adversaries don’t think we’re serious.”

Asked about chairing the Republican convention in Cleveland in July, Ryan said he hasn't given it any thought because he's been focused on his work in Congress.

Also appearing Sunday morning on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Ryan said he didn’t support Trump’s stated plan to deport millions of undocumented immigrants from the United States. Further, despite Trump’s public statements, Ryan said Trump told him in a private meeting that the deportation plan “isn’t part of our agenda.”

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Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.