Sep. 19, 2016 6:30pm Tré Goins-Phillips
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), a tepid supporter of Donald Trump, met privately with the Republican nominee’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, Monday in New York.
The meeting, which was requested by Ivanka Trump, took place after Ryan delivered a policy speech at the Economic Club of New York. The leading Republican was there to discuss his “better way” economic plan.
Donald Trump and Ryan have had somewhat of a tense relationship since the billionaire businessman secured the GOP presidential nomination in May. It took several weeks for the speaker to finally endorsed Donald Trump, who he has continued to criticize.
But according to a senior Republican aide, Ryan’s meeting with Ivanka Trump, which was first reported by Politico, went well.
“It was a productive conversation where Ryan spoke about his 2012 experience and Ivanka shared updates about her father’s campaign,” the aide said.
Ryan’s latest critique for Donald Trump came during a press conference last week, when he suggested the New York real estate mogul should release his tax returns.
“I released mine,” Ryan said of when he was the Republican vice presidential nominee in 2012. “I think we should release ours.”
“I’ll defer to Donald Trump as to when he thinks the appropriate time to release his returns — I know he’s under an audit and he’s got an opinion about when to release those,” Ryan added at the time.
Since becoming the Republican standard-bearer, Ivanka Trump has emerged as one of her father’s senior-most confidantes. Most recently, she has pushed Donald Trump to roll out a childcare reform policy.