House Speaker Paul Ryan says congressional Republicans will “make it work” with Donald Trump if he wins the party’s presidential nomination.
Speaking to CNBC on Thursday, Ryan, R-Wis., said he will defend conservative principles during the general election.
“We’ll make it work if it happens,” Ryan said. “I’m going to speak my mind. I’m going to defend conservatism as I understand it. I’m going to defend our ideas as the Republican Party. But we’re going to have to work with whoever our nominee is.”
After racking up several victories on Super Tuesday, Trump mentioned Ryan, the party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee, by name, suggesting the speaker had better get behind his campaign or the two would find themselves at odds. On Thursday, Ryan said he would do what it takes to make what has, at times, been a difficult relationship between Trump and the Republican establishment more workable.