The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump met face-to-face on Thursday to start reconciling their ideological differences and begin unifying the GOP. After their meeting a joint statement was released stating:
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.
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This much-anticipated meeting opened is a very positive step towards consolidating the Republican Party. Polls suggest Republican voters are getting behind Trump, who effectively clinched the nomination last week. GOP lawmakers are strongly asking for the party to end its embarrassing convulsion of infighting and unite together to beat likely Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
It’s not just Ryan who is taking a step towards healing, prominent Republicans are joining him in this venture. National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden recently came out in supporting Donald Trump as the nominee. Senator Marco Rubio began changing his tone about Trump last month when he said, “I’ve always said I’m going to support the Republican nominee, and that’s especially true now that it’s apparent that Hillary Clinton is going to be the Democratic candidate.” After Senator Ted Cruz dropped out of the race last week, even Former Texas Governor Rick Perry told CNN, “He is not a perfect man, but what I do believe is that he loves this country, and he will surround himself with capable, experienced people and he will listen to them.”
— Brian Kleinsmith (@briankleinsmith) May 3, 2016