Sen. Jeff Sessions on Tuesday urged House Speaker Paul Ryan to “accept the will of the American people” and embrace the fact that Donald Trump is the new face of the GOP:
“I think he needs to recognize on some of these issues Trump is where the Republicans are,” he said during an interview with Politico’s “Off Message” podcast.
“If you’re going to be a Republican leader, you should be supportive of that,” Sessions added. “My advice is to listen [and] accept the will of the American people.”
Sessions said that Republican voters hear their values reflected in Trump’s rhetoric across a host of issues.
“Republican voters oppose these trade agreements more than Democrat voters do,” said Sessions, who has previously endorsed Trump’s presidential bid.
“Republican voters believe that we should have a lawful system of immigration that serves the national interest,” he added. “They believe in a foreign policy that puts America first.
“The American people agree with Trump, and I agree with Trump, on those things. The Republican Party is the Republican voters. A lot of our drift within our party has gotten away from that.”
Sessions added that opportunities exist for collaboration between Ryan and Trump if the billionaire wins the general election.
“I believe that’s got potential,” he said of the pair working together on taxes. “I think they’ll get together. I believe Ryan’s ideas about a new method to convert our welfare system more effectively would be right up Trump’s alley. That could be a historic improvement.”
Sessions shouldn’t be too worried; many believe it’s inevitable that Ryan will endorse Trump.