House Speaker Paul Ryan Declines to Endorse Donald Trump After Face-to-Face Meeting – Despite Their Call to Unify GOP
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan met face to face in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, after months of squabbling over control of the Republican party.
The Capitol Hill sit-down, held at the Republican National Committee headquarters with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, lead to a moderate resolution, according to a joint statement released by the House Speaker and Trump, the party’s presumptive nominee.
“The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents,” the statement read. “That is why it’s critical that Republicans unite around our shared principles, advance a conservative agenda, and do all we can to win this fall.”
It continued, “With that focus, we had a great conversation this morning. While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground.”
The statement noted that Ryan and Trump plan to have additional discussions, and that they “remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall, and we are totally committed to working together to achieve that goal.”
“This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification,” the statement concluded.
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Ryan still hasn’t outright endorsed Trump, however, telling CNN after Thursday’s meeting, “To pretend we are unified without actually unifying means we go into the fall at half-strength. This election is too important to go into an election at half-strength.”
After Trump was declared the party’s presumptive nominee earlier this month, Ryan announced that he was “not ready” to back the billionaire businessman, who has been known to make controversial statements throughout his campaign.