GOP senator to Ryan: 'Trump is where the Republicans are’
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Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHillicon Valley: Trump cyber strategy lets US go on offense | AT&T urges court to let Time Warner merger stand | Conservatives want wife of DOJ official to testify | Facebook, nonprofits team up to fight fake news | DC camera hacker pleads guilty Vote Democrat in midterms to rein in Trump, preserve justice Sessions limits ability of judges to dismiss deportation cases MORE (R-Ala.) said Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanGOP super PAC drops .5 million on Nevada ad campaign Blue wave poses governing risks for Dems Dems seek to rebuild blue wall in Rust Belt contests MORE (R-Wis.) must accept that Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada 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.


“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.