GOP senator to Ryan: 'Trump is where the Republicans are’
© Greg Nash

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE (R-Ala.) said Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanMcConnell names Senate GOP tax conferees House Republican: 'I worry about both sides' of the aisle on DACA Overnight Health Care: 3.6M signed up for ObamaCare in first month | Ryan pledges 'entitlement reform' next year | Dems push for more money to fight opioids MORE (R-Wis.) must accept that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Democrat slams Donald Trump Jr. for ‘serious case of amnesia’ after testimony Skier Lindsey Vonn: I don’t want to represent Trump at Olympics Poll: 4 in 10 Republicans think senior Trump advisers had improper dealings with Russia MORE 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.

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“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.”

Ryan has repeatedly insisted he is not ready to endorse Trump, despite the billionaire’s status as the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee.

The Hill reported last Saturday that many House Republicans believe Ryan’s ultimate support of Trump is inevitable.