Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump told reporters during a press conference Tuesday night that Speaker of the House [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore] better get along with him or pay a heavy price.
When asked about criticism of him from Ryan and Senate Majority Leader [crscore]Mitch McConnell[/crscore] that he initially equivocated about his remarks regarding former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and white nationalists groups.
Trump reiterated at the press conference earlier that he disavowed Duke.
“I’m not equivocating,” Trump said. “Paul Ryan, I’m sure I’m going to get along great with him and if I don’t, he’s going to have to pay a big price — okay?”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, now a Trump supporter and campaign adviser, once said on the campaign trail when he was still a presidential candidate that he discussed with Trump the importance of a good relationship with the House Speaker.
“When the speaker of the House comes in and says, I’m not going to post your bill, Mr. President, you can’t look at him and say, ‘You’re fired.’ When the Senate majority leader comes in and says, I’m not confirming your Supreme Court nominee, you can’t look at him and say, ‘You’re fired.’”
Trump again later said he “hopes” to get along with both Ryan and McConnell, should he become president.