No more bad blood? Donald Trump endorses Sen. John McCain, House Speaker Paul Ryan

Posted at 5:45 PM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 23:41:35-04

Donald Trump has formally endorsed Sen. John McCain and House Speaker Paul Ryan, after saying he wasn't ready to do so earlier this week.

"I hold in the highest esteem, Senator John McCain for his service to our country, in uniform and in public office," Trump said Friday.

Watch the endorsement in the video below.

The Republican presidential candidate made the announcement during a campaign stop in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

"I support and endorse our Speaker of the House Paul Ryan," adding that while they "may disagree on a couple of things," they agree on a lot as well.

Trump told the Washington Post earlier this week he likes Ryan, "But these are horrible times for our country. We need very strong leadership. We need very, very strong leadership. And I’m just not quite there yet. I’m not quite there yet.”

Although Ryan is expected to easily win reelection of his Wisconsin district, Trump's non endorsement of Ryan created ripples within the party throughout the week. 

During the same Washington Post interview, Trump stated he was not ready to endorse 2008 GOP nominee McCain, who is in a tough Senate reelection battle in Arizona. 

Trump caught condemnation from both sides of the aisle for comments he made referring to McCain's service in Vietnam. 

"He's not a war hero," Trump said in 2015. "He's a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren't captured."