Sign up to receive FirstFT by email hereDonald Trump signalled on Tuesday that he would revert to the bare-knuckled campaigning that won him the Republican nomination, setting up the final month of the race to be the nastiest yet.A day after House speaker Paul Ryan abandoned Mr Trump’s campaign, the Republican nominee sent out a series of tweets lambasting his party’s most senior official as “weak and ineffective”, and said that he was now free to go after Democratic rival Hillary Clinton “unshackled” by party restraint.“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” he declared in a flurry of messages. “Disloyal [Republicans] are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win — I will teach them!”The divisions inside the Republican party spilled out into the open after Mr Ryan told party leaders that he would no longer defend Mr Trump or campaign on his behalf. As many as 160 prominent Republicans, including John McCain, have declared that they will not support Mr Trump’s bid for the presidency. (FT)In the newsPutin calls off Paris visit The Russian president cancelled a trip to the French capital after François Hollande strongly criticised Moscow’s role in the bombing campaign in Syria.
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