Donald Trump finally endorses Speaker Paul Ryan

Donald Trump
Eric Thayer | Reuters

Donald Trump endorsed House Speaker Paul Ryan and several other Congressional candidates in their primary bids on Friday, ending a brief feud between the GOP nominee and several of the Republican Party's most prominent stars that threatened to engulf his campaign in a new controversy.

The endorsement comes as Trump campaigned in Ryan's home state of Wisconsin Friday evening with his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

"I need a Republican Senate and a House to accomplish all of the changes that we have to make," Trump said during a rally in Green Bay, in northern Wisconsin, Ryan's home state. He also endorsed Senators John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, calling Ayotte a "rising star."

"We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends," Trump said,

Earlier this week, Trump made headlines when he told The Washington Post that he was "not quite there yet" on endorsing Ryan in his Republican primary. Trump had previously tweeted out thanks to the congressional Republican leader's primary challenger, Paul Nehlen.

Nehlen had released a statement defending Trump amid criticism over his remarks about the Muslim parents of a slain U.S. solider.

In contrast to Trump, Pence created a split in the ticket by endorsing Ryan this week.

The campaign event in Wisconsin also drew attention earlier Friday for the number of high-profile local Republicans who have declined to attend: Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson (who is locked in a tight election battle), Gov. Scott Walker, and Ryan.

--Reuters contributed to this article