Trump, Ryan meet in bid to heal fractured Republican Party Donald Trump and House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan emerged from a meeting on Thursday declaring they had taken steps toward healing fissures in the party but that differences remained.
A joint statement issued by the insurgent candidate and the leader of establishment Republicans cast a positive spin on a session aimed at getting to know each other better and searching for common ground as Trump sought to rally more party loyalists behind him.
“This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification,” the statement said.
Party leaders are normally eager to rally around a presidential nominee to combine forces for the battle leading up to November’s general election. But Ryan has withheld his endorsement of Trump out of concern over the billionaire businessman’s incendiary tone and policy ideas, which run counter to longtime Republican doctrine.