BRIEF

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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.

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