Donald Trump said he would be "okay" with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) becoming speaker of the House in an interview set to air Sunday on "Face the Nation," but noted that he has disagreements with the former vice presidential candidate.
"Paul Ryan's name is mentioned as a possible speaker. What do you think of Paul Ryan?" Trump was asked.
"Well, I think he's somebody that probably could get good support," Trump replied.
"I think he's a very nice person," the real estate tycoon added. "I think he doesn't want it very badly, but you never know. Maybe he's playing one of the great games of all time. It is speaker of the House, I mean, it's a great position. But he doesn't seem to want it. But I'll bet you that if it was actually offered to him, he would take it."
[sharequote align="right"]"I disagree with some of the things."[/sharequote]
Trump was then asked if he thought Ryan was the strong candidate he thinks the Republican Party needs.
"I think he's strong," he said.
"I disagree with some of the things," Trump continued. "I think that when Mitt Romney chose him last time it was a tough choice because he's been so anti-Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security in a sense. Now he would say he hasn't been but they certainly played that up hard and it was a disastrous campaign for a lot of reasons."
"But Paul Ryan is a good man," Trump added. "I know him very little. But I think he is a very good person."
Asked to clarify on whether he would support Ryan as speaker, Trump replied, "I would be OK. I would be OK."
Ryan's name was floated as a possible candidate for the post after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) shocked the political world Thursday and stepped out of the race. A source in Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) office told TheBlaze that leadership has asked Ryan to reconsider and run for speaker.