By all accounts, Donald Trump’s Capitol Hill meeting with House Speaker Paul Ryan went well. No, Ryan still declined to endorse Trump after the meeting, but he did release a joint statement with the presumptive Republican nominee warning voters that America can’t afford another four years of a Democratic White House:
Shortly after concluding a meeting on Capitol Hill Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan and presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump released a joint statement saying their conversation brings them closer to Republican Party unification and warned about the consequences of a Hillary Clinton presidency.
“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,” the statement reads. “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.”
Trump also met with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McMcConnell. Afterward, McConnell characterized the meeting as “constructive”:
McConnell and other members of his leadership team met with the GOP’s presumptive presidential nominee for about an hour at the National Republican Senatorial Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., under a heavy police presence.
McConnell offered few details, but said steps were taken toward unifying the GOP.
“We had a very good, constructive meeting,” he told reporters.
Is the establishment turning a new leaf? Don’t hold your breath.