Donald Trump and Paul Ryan met Thursday in Washington to discuss unification ahead of the November 2016 election. A joint statement released by the Trump campaign said the meeting was “a positive step towards unification” and that they “remain confident there’s a great opportunity to unify our party and win this fall”.
If the Trump campaign statement is to be believed, the first have been taken for Ryan to eventually support the Trump candidacy although he has not yet formally endorsed Trump and the campaign acknowledged existing “differences”. This is in marked difference to 2012 Ryan running mate Mitt Romney, who has continued to oppose the Trump candidacy even after his presumptive nomination.
The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents. 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. 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. We will be having additional discussions, but 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. We are extremely proud of the fact that many millions of new voters have entered the primary system, far more than ever before in the Republican Party’s history. This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.