Even after the meeting with Donald Trump, Paul Ryan is still refusing to give him the thumbs up. Check out why.
Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan described their meetings in Washington, D.C., today as a “positive step” toward unifying the Republican Party, even as Ryan again declined to endorse the New York billionaire.
The two men issued a joint statement calling for Republicans to “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,” Trump and Ryan said.
“This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.”
But the face-to-face meeting did not result in an endorsement from Speaker Ryan, the nation’s top elected Republican official. Ryan refrained from offering an endorsement of Trump when asked by ABC News’ Jonathan Karl.
“It’s very important that we don’t fake unifying, we don’t pretend unification, that we truly and actually unify so we are full strength in the fall,” Ryan said at a news conference after the meeting. “I don’t want us to have a fake unification process here.”