Ryan discusses GOP agenda with Trump, Cruz

Making good on his word, Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanThe Hill Interview: Budget Chair Black sticks around for now Gun proposal picks up GOP support GOP lawmaker Tim Murphy to retire at end of term MORE phoned GOP presidential hopefuls Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE and Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets 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 Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers 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.