Donald Trump dominated the news on Capitol Hill today as he met with Republican leaders in the Congress, as Trump and GOP leaders vowed to work together, even as they acknowledged differences in their competing election agendas.
Trump though did not win a public endorsement from House Speaker Paul Ryan. Still, he focused on the positive.
In a news conference back at the Capitol, Ryan was upbeat about the meeting with Trump, as he said the two men discussed not only areas where they agree – but also those where they do not.
“It’s no secret that Donald Trump and I have had our differences,” Ryan said.
Ryan and Trump issued a joint statement shortly after their meeting ended:
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.
The first public assessment came from RNC chief Reince Priebus:
The meeting was great. It was a very positive step toward party unity.