Ryan discusses GOP agenda with Trump, Cruz

Making good on his word, Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP leaders pitch children's health funding in plan to avert shutdown Lawmakers see shutdown’s odds rising Fix what we’ve got and make Medicare right this year MORE phoned GOP presidential hopefuls Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDems flip Wisconsin state Senate seat Sessions: 'We should be like Canada' in how we take in immigrants GOP rep: 'Sheet metal and garbage' everywhere in Haiti MORE and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWith religious liberty memo, Trump made America free to be faithful again Interstate compacts aren't the right way to fix occupational licensing laws Texas Dem: ‘I don’t know what to believe’ about what Trump wants for wall 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 Antonio RubioOvernight Cybersecurity: Bipartisan bill aims to deter election interference | Russian hackers target Senate | House Intel panel subpoenas Bannon | DHS giving 'active defense' cyber tools to private sector Senators unveil bipartisan push to deter future election interference Puerto Rico's children need recovery funds 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.