House Speaker Ryan and Trump find common ground in D.C. meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. (KUSI) — House speaker Paul Ryan and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump met Thursday at RNC headquarters in an attempt to unify a fractured Republican Party.
“While we were honest about our few differences, we recognize that there are also many important areas of common ground,” a joint statement released by Ryan and Trump said. “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.”
The two said it was critical that Republicans unite because “The United States cannot afford another four years of the Obama White House, which is what Hillary Clinton represents.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus moderated the meeting intended to unify the two republicans, according to CNN. Last week, Ryan announced he would not back the presumptive nominee after both of Trump’s opposition dropped out.
Trump had meetings with other House Republican leaders and Senate Republican leaders while in Washington D.C. as well, CNN reported. Only two House Republicans—one being Ryan—have not endorsed Trump.
Outside RNC headquarters, protesters held signs calling Trump “dangerous,” “divisive” and “deceitful.” One protestor wore a Trump mask with bags marked with the money symbol.