Donald Trump endorses Paul Ryan, Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte


Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump Friday evening issued an endorsement for House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senators John McCain and Kelly Ayotte -- a reversal of the position he held just days ago when he announced he "wasn't quite ready" to support his Republican colleagues amid internal party conflicts.

Trump, breaking from his usual riff-style of speech giving, read from prepared remarks in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where he cited Ronald Reagan and the call for party unity ahead of November.

“I am embraced the wisdom that my 80 percent friend is not my 20 percent enemy," Trump said quoting Reagan. “We will be the big tent party.

“In our shared mission to make America great again, I support and endorse Paul Ryan,” Trump continued. “He’s a good man and a good guy. We may disagree on a couple things but we mostly agree.”

Trump then went on to throw vocal support behind Arizona Sen. John McCain who Trump said he holds in the "highest esteem."

The two have had a contentious professional relationship for months after Trump's comments about preferring service members who weren't captured. Most recently, McCain and Ayotte attacked Trump over disparaging comments he made to the Muslim parents of a slain American soldier.

This story will be updated.

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