Ryan discusses GOP agenda with Trump, Cruz

Making good on his word, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanRyan reminds lawmakers to be on time for votes Lawmakers consider new security funding in wake of shooting Paul Ryan: ‘Beautiful day’ to catch up with Bono MORE phoned GOP presidential hopefuls Donald TrumpDonald TrumpChaffetz: Threats against lawmakers should be taken seriously Warren cautions Dems against infighting CIA director: Leaks 'seem to be on the increase' MORE and Texas Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzGOP at decisive moment on Planned Parenthood Trump: ‘I cannot imagine’ GOP senators don’t back healthcare bill Trump making calls to senators on healthcare bill MORE, briefing them on House Republicans’ efforts to craft a bold, election-year agenda, a Ryan aide said Monday.

The Speaker, a Republican from Wisconsin, plans to hold similar calls with the other two remaining GOP presidential contenders, Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco RubioWill Republicans stand up to the NRA's insurrection rhetoric? The Hill's Whip List: Senate ObamaCare repeal bill Ivanka Trump turns to House GOP on paid family leave MORE and Ohio Gov. Kasich.

No other information about the calls was provided.

The phone calls came amid growing tension between Trump, the GOP front-runner, and Ryan, who was Mitt Romney’s vice presidential running mate in 2012.

Late last week, Romney gave a scathing speech ripping Trump as a “phony” and “fraud” who had deceived American voters. He called on Republicans to defeat Trump.

Days earlier, Ryan took Trump to task for failing to forcefully reject an endorsement from former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke. Trump, after a triumphant night on Super Tuesday, warned Ryan that he better get along with him or “pay a big price.”

Despite the harsh exchanges, Ryan vowed last week to set up calls with all four candidates to fill them in on House GOP efforts to develop a positive 2016 agenda, even as the presidential contest has devolved into name calling and personal attacks.

Focused on things such as national security, jobs and anti-poverty measures, the agenda is designed to present a contrast with Democrats and lay out a positive vision for what Republicans might accomplish if they win the White House in November.