Presidential Candidate Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan met this morning at RNC headquarters in Washington D.C. Following their meeting, they issued the following joint statement:
"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."
Ryan has said before that he would step down as convention chair if Trump asked, but it appears they have reached some sort of understanding. Trump's campaign has been divisive for the Republican Party, with many hoping for a different candidate to be named when the national convention comes around in July. Notably, despite speaking of unity, Ryan has yet to endorse Trump. Their joint statement and Ryan's press conference downplayed their differences and focused on "common ground," ignoring Trump's foreign policy among other core issues.
It's hard to say whether or not the Republican Party will be able to truly rally behind Trump as their candidate, but Ryan's willingness to compromise is a good sign for Trump. What are your thoughts on the positive tone of this joint statement? Will Ryan and other Republican leaders truly be able to work with a President Trump? Can Trump reach a compromise with party leadership? Will the party rally behind him in July, or search for another candidate?