Eric Trump on Wednesday night said his father, Donald Trump, doesn’t need Paul Ryan’s endorsement.
When asked by Megyn Kelly on Fox News’ “Kelly File” if his father needs the House speaker’s endorsement, the 32-year-old executive vice president of development and acquisition for the Trump Organization said it would be favorable but not necessary.
“If he doesn’t have the speaker’s vote … it will go on and those people will continue to march behind my father. Would it be nice? Yes,” he told Kelly.
The presumptive Republican nominee is scheduled to meet with Ryan on Thursday.
When Kelly asked Trump of the potential for his father to conform to more prototypical expectations of Washington politicians, Trump replied, “He probably won’t,” countering that it would be smart for the Republican Party to welcome in Donald Trump.
“Obviously the people are lined up behind him,” Trump said of his father. “So he’s going to go to these meetings — no question with open arms — but he wants to win. Is it smart for the Republican Party to embrace it? I mean it’s over. He’s the nominee. Is it smart for them to embrace it? Of course it is, but we’ll see tomorrow,” he added.