Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSenate Dems offer 'corrected' version of WH press release on Trump's first 100 days Trump to meet with Australian prime minister next month Liberal group files complaint on Mar-a-Lago promotion MORE has reassured donors he will cooperate with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellGOP gives ground on border wall, deportation in spending talks Trump nominates two new DOD officials McConnell signals Republican-only path on tax reform MORE (R-Ky.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul RyanGOP gives ground on border wall, deportation in spending talks McConnell signals Republican-only path on tax reform Georgia campaigns keep up pressure ahead of runoff vote MORE (R-Wis.) if he is elected president, according to a new report.
Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, told two coal industry executives who are raising funds for the billionaire's campaign that he wants the two Republicans in their congressional leadership roles, Bloomberg reported.
“When someone gives us a check, we’re looking at that as they’re investing not only in that candidate — investing in Paul Ryan or investing in Mitch McConnell or investing in Donald Trump — they’re investing in us, and I take that as a responsibility. I don’t take that lightly. We feel responsible to them.”
Joe Craft is the chairman and CEO of Alliance Resource Partners LP, a coal producer that has major operations in Kentucky and Illinois. Bloomberg on Wednesday reported that Joe Craft has donated at least $4.6 million to various political groups since 2007. According to fundraising records, the majority of the coal executive’s contributions have benefited Republicans.
Trump earned the number of delegates necessary to secure the GOP’s presidential nomination last week, edging past the 1,237 threshold.
Ryan has repeatedly insisted he is not ready to formally endorse the businessman. McConnell, meanwhile, has voiced support for Trump’s bid.