Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s ‘sympathetic’ with Donald Trump

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U.S. Senator Ron Johnson

GREEN BAY — Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson says he’s “sympathetic with someone like Mr. Trump” and wants to give him time to get smart on policy issues before pressuring fellow Republicans to endorse him.

Johnson said Friday in an interview with The Associated Press he identifies with Trump because they both entered politics from the business world. Johnson says he wants to give the billionaire reality TV star “a chance to get the briefings” to see where he can agree with Republicans.

Johnson has endorsed Trump as he runs for re-election against Democrat Russ Feingold.

Johnson says he also spoke with fellow Wisconsinite House Speaker Paul Ryan about Trump and told him the goals should be “unify, unify, unify, agree, agree, agree.”

Johnson spoke before the kickoff of the Wisconsin Republican Party convention.