Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan met today in Washington DC. Just like Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan did not specifically say the words “I endorse Donald Trump”, BUT the two released a joint statement after the meeting saying that: they had a “great conversation” and they recognize “there are important areas of common ground.”
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.”
With the above statement from Paul Ryan, who is now seeking party unity, advancement of conservatism and recognizes that there are many important areas of common ground, Speaker Ryan basically endorsed Donald Trump.
Paul Ryan’s endorsement came after tremendous pressure from House Republicans who have warned Paul Ryan to get behind Donald Trump, warning his resistance could lead to the party fracturing rather than uniting if he withholds his endorsement. As said before, Marco Rubio has also recently endorsed Donald Trump, though not with a full mouth, its still an endorsement, saying that he will honor the pledge and that he has always said that he will endorse and support the Republican nominee no matter who that may be.
The Republican presidential candidate then met with Ryan for a second time. The meeting included members of the House Republican leadership team.
Trump’s visit to Washington brings him face-to-face this morning with Ryan, the nation’s top Republican elected official who has yet to offer his support for the real estate mogul’s candidacy.
The two men have only met one other time, crossing paths backstage at a 2012 fundraising event for the presidential campaign of Mitt Romney, who like a pharisee is now one of the most vocal critics of Trump’s run for the White House.
Paul Ryan also hinted of support for Trump’s wall plan, declaring in a press conference: “Right now more Americans die every year from drug overdoses than they do on car accidents.”
When Ryan was asked about Trump’s personality, Ryan said: “Trump is a very warm genuine person, I actually had a very pleasant exchange with him.”
Paul Ryan further said: “Trump is bringing a whole new ring to it, he’s bringing new voters that we never had for decades, that’s a positive thing. There might be policy differences but then again Romney and I didn’t agree on everything in 2012. I’m not interested in litigating the past, I’m interested in going forward… It’s really kind of unparalleled if I think, he has gotten more votes than any Republican primary nominee in the history of our country and this isn’t even over yet, he hasn’t even gone to California yet, its really a remarkable achievement!”
Ryan then went on to bash Hillary Clinton, saying: “Look, Hillary Clinton presidency would be a disaster for this country, its effectively a third Obama term!”
GOP chairman Reince Priebus Tweeted just a few minutes ago: The meeting was great. It was a very positive step toward party unity.
There are now only a handful of sellouts who are still denying the new GOP leader, such as Mitt Romney, Lindsey Graham and the Bush family. The vast majority of Republicans have already finally united behind Donald Trump. The team just got stronger, Hillary (or Bernie) watch out!
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