House Speaker Paul Ryan plans to campaign with Donald Trump for the first time on Saturday, embracing a GOP presidential nominee whom he once denounced for making “a racist comment” about a federal judge.
Trump and Ryan, the nation’s highest-ranking elected Republican, have had tense relations for months.
In an oddly worded announcement, Ryan’s campaign office said he would attend Wisconsin Fall Fest, a GOP fundraiser in his congressional district, with Sen. Ron Johnson, Gov. Scott Walker and other Republicans.
Trump, the statement added, “will also join Wisconsin Republicans” at the event. Normally, the name of a party's presidential nominee would come first in that type of statement.
While Ryan stayed neutral in Wisconsin's presidential primary, Walker and most of the state's other GOP leaders backed Texas Sen. Ted Cruz over Trump