He echoed those comments to Inskeep and refused to consider hypotheticals when asked whether Trump would be a good president, not taking Hillary Clinton into consideration. Ryan said Trump would pick better Supreme Court justices and sign better legislation, and noted he had “certain duties and responsibilities” as the highest-ranking Republican in the country to help unify the party. But he conceded there were some things he’d communicated to Trump that he needs to change.
“I just think improving temperament and inclusive rhetoric, and an agenda that invites people into our party, is something that I think anybody going from a primary to a general election needs,” he said.
Asked whether Trump is going to change his tone and behavior, which have alienated many minority voters and others, Ryan said, “I believe he’s going to endeavor to try.”