By Sam Shikora (Political Editor).
One would be hard-pressed to find an establishment Republican in office who fully supports soon-to-be Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Trump’s radical, far-right views as well as his forthright personality have been received with a lot of criticism from both sides of the aisle. However, House Speaker Paul Ryan, who is often described as the epitome of the GOP establishment, is trying to settle their differences and prepare the party for the long haul.
This morning, the two met at Republican Party headquarters in Washington, D.C. to discuss a plan for taking on Hillary Clinton, the probable Democratic Party candidate in the general election this November.
This meeting comes exactly a week after Ryan repudiated endorsing Trump, as he said, “I’m just not ready to do that at this point. I’m not there right now.”
Contrary to the low expectations of the meeting, Ryan said that the two enjoyed a “great conversation” and are “planting the seeds” toward being on the same page regarding the general election.
In a joint statement that was released after the meeting, Trump and Ryan said, “while we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground.”
The two added, “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… This was our first meeting, but it was a very positive step toward unification.”
With a positive relationship developing between one of the top leaders of the Republican Party and its future nominee, it’s very likely that talk of a brokered convention can be put to rest. It’s even possible that Trump tones his outlandish personality down in the coming weeks to show support for the party.
The race for the presidency has reached the critical point for the GOP in which the worry is not on intraparty rivalries, but rather interparty rivalries.
The House Speaker said, “this election is too important to go into an election at half-strength… We cannot afford to lose this election to Hillary Clinton.”
Trump had few comments to offer apart from a post on Twitter saying, “great day in D.C. with Paul Ryan and Republican leadership. Things working out really well!”
Although Ryan has not formally endorsed Trump, it’s not far off to expect him to do so at some point in the near future. This meeting was probably the beginning of the fostering of a good relationship between two faces of the Republican Party. Ryan promised “to be a part of this unifying process” and says that he desires to unite “all wings of the Republican Party and the conservative movement.”