Donald Trump on Wednesday morning told CNN that he had a “conciliatory” phone conversation with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently.
“It was just very conciliatory. We get along well. I like him a lot. I respect him a lot. I think he respects me,” Trump said, describing his call with Ryan. “I think he really does respect what I’ve done. He said it. It’s amazing. He said it’s amazing.”
Ryan’s staff on Monday said that the speaker had talked with Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) about the Republican party agenda over the phone. Ryan plans on speaking with all of the Republican candidates.
Trump’s comments on CNN about his call with Ryan came as he discussed his ability to bring in new voters and unify the Republican party.
“I had such a great talk with Paul Ryan — he called the other day. He was so great,” Trump said. “That’s what we should be doing, Chris. We should be talking and unifying.”
Trump also addressed his recent comment that Ryan will get along with him or the speaker is “going to have to pay a big price.” Trump said on CNN that he did not mean the comment “as a threat.”