In a surprise move, Donald Trump reversed a decision earlier this week to not endorse House Speaker Paul Ryan, giving the Wisconsin lawmaker his full-throated support.
…and the GOP presidential nominee was just getting started.
Speaking at a rally in Green Bay on Friday, Trump also backed Republican Sens. John McCain and Kelly Ayotte, who he spoke against earlier in the week, NBC News reported.
But it was Trump’s support of Ryan that is being seen as a proverbial olive branch to the party.
“We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory, and very importantly toward real change,” he said. “So, in our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse our speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“He’s a good man, and a good guy,” Trump added.
Ryan was congenial in responding, according to a spokesperson: “He appreciates the gesture and is going to continue to focus on earning the endorsement of the voters in southern Wisconsin.”
Trump has been critical of both McCain and Ayotte, but must have come to grips with the hard truth that if elected, he will need a Republican-controlled House and Senate to advance his agenda.
“I hold in the highest esteem Senator John McCain for his service to our country in uniform and in public office and I fully support and endorse his reelection. Very important. We’ll work together,” he said.
He also referred to Ayotte as “a rising star,” saying she “will continue to represent the great people of New Hampshire so very well for a long long time.”
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