Reps. Kinzinger, Hultgren Weigh In On Trump Bid

May 6, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan announced this week that he will not yet support Donald Trump in his

presidential run.  In response, Trump said he is not ready to support Ryan's agenda either.

It appears Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL, 16th) will also stay away from Trump's bid for now.

"As the Congressman has said before, he puts his country above his party any day of the week.  He’s concerned by Donald Trump’s negative, violent rhetoric and his outlandish comments on foreign policy proposals.  I think if Trump can change his tone, surround himself with a team of advisors who know the policy issues we face, and address the American people with real solutions, then hopefully the Congressman can look at him as a viable candidate. But until then, he’ll remain undecided."  -Maura Gillespie, spokeswoman for Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Kinzinger originally endorsed Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio before they dropped out of the race.

Representative Randy Hultgren (R-IL, 14th) issued this statement regarding where he stands as far as offering support for Trump:

"People in Illinois and across the country are frustrated. I am frustrated, too. Families and small business owners are worried about the economy and fear for their ability to continue to thrive under the weight of the heavy hand of government. We are facing a point in our history where we look at our children and grandchildren and fear that their future will not be bright and hold the promise of opportunity for all. Under strong pressure, I have taken tough votes to get our country back on track. Donald Trump has done a good job of voicing those frustrations, and many find his backbone to stand up to big government and special interest groups something they can trust. We need solutions, and I expect our next President to work to heal our divisions and pass real solutions to these problems. I am not sold on Mr. Trump—not yet. I don't know if I'll ever be. I haven't yet been able to reconcile his differences with my strongly-held beliefs on family and religious freedom which I believe are the foundation for our country's well being and identity. We are entering a new phase of the campaign where historically voters gain a clearer picture of what the candidate actually stands for."

WNIJ's Chase Cavanaugh and Jenna Dooley contributed to this report.