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Speaker Paul Ryan disinvites Trump to his campaign event, says he's 'sickened' by tape

 (AP file photo)
(AP file photo)

Hours after audio was released that showed Donald Trump making sexually suggestive comments about a woman, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan castigated him in a statement and said Trump would no longer attend their scheduled event on Saturday. 

"I am sickened by what I heard today," Ryan said in a statement. "Women are to be championed and revered, not objectified. I hope Mr. Trump treats this situation with the seriousness it deserves and works to demonstrate to the country that he has greater respect for women than this clip suggests.”

On Saturday, Ryan was scheduled to campaign with Trump for the first time, embracing a GOP presidential nominee whom he denounced on several occasions in the past. But, he said in the statement, "he is no longer attending tomorrow’s event in Wisconsin."

In an oddly worded announcement earlier this week, Ryan’s campaign office said Trump would attend Wisconsin Fall Fest, a GOP fundraiser in his congressional district, with Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.

Trump issued a statement soon after Ryan put out his, saying his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, would attend the event. 

"Gov. Mike Pence will be representing me tomorrow in Wisconsin. I will be spending the day in New York in debate prep with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, Gov. Chris Christie and Sen. Jeff Sessions, and then flying to St. Louis on Sunday for the 2nd Presidential Debate," he wrote. 

A Ryan aide declined to comment when asked if the speaker would rescind his Trump endorsement. The aide said the men did not speak Friday night.

In recent months, Ryan has criticized Trump for making what he called "the textbook definition of a racist comment.” He was referring to Trump's argument that the Mexican ancestry of an Indiana-born judge made it impossible for him to preside impartially over a federal fraud suit against Trump University, the nominee's defunct real estate education program.

Times staff writers Seema Mehta and Michael Finnegan contributed to this report.

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